The International Fencing Federation (FIE) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world governing body of fencing. We are proud to be an Olympic sport since 1896 and to have 153 affiliated member federations all over the world. In 2013, the FIE celebrated its 100th anniversary. The FIE establishes the rules to which international competitions must be organized and oversees their implementation.
The FIE is recognised by the IOC as the organization governing the sport of fencing worldwide in accordance with the rules in Chapter 3 of the Olympic Charter*.
The aims of the FIE are:
a) to promote the development of fencing throughout the world, to tighten the ties of friendship which unite fencers of all countries, by setting up lasting relations between representative groups, and to nurture the improvement of the practice of our sport in every way;
b) to see that international competitions open to member federations are organised in accordance with FIE Rules;
c) to establish Rules according to which international competitions must be organised;
d) to organise the Open World Championships, as well as Junior, Cadet and Veteran World Championships;
e) to authorise and supervise the other official FIE competitions;
f) to insure that in international competitions the bans, suspensions, expulsions, disqualifications and all other penalties issued by one of the member federations are respected;
g) to study and legislate on all matters pertaining to fencing in international relations;
h) to promote and develop the struggle against doping;
i) to organise the fencing at the Olympic Games, in liaison with the International Olympic Committee.
j) to ensure that the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, political opinions, family status or other, is respected.
k) to apply appropriate measures to contribute to the respect of the environment.
The FIE recognises, accepts and commits to the Olympic Movement’s constitutive principles as “a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles”*.
The FIE objective is “to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity. The practice of sport is a human right*.
In order for the fencing world to progress as a whole, solidarity between the strong and the weak is an undeniable requisite, whether it be between continents, federations or athletes.
This vision must become real. Our common singular motto: fencing together, universal fencing.
Fencing combines with cohesion and balance physical and mental skills, among other things: athletic qualities, dexterity, reaction, speed, creativity, anticipation and adaptability. Fencing is based on the fundamental values of the Olympic Movement, especially: respect of the athletes, officials, referees and spectators, politeness, loyalty, sportsmanship, discipline and observance of the rules.
*: Olympic Charter, p. 10, 16