With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro approaching relatively quickly, there is more news being announced regarding some for the events. This time, we’re talking about fencing.
It has been announced that two team fencing events have been cut from the Games, the men’s saber team event, and the women’s foil team event.
Via the Associated Press, found on ESPN,
The International Fencing Federation made the decision Friday at its congress in Paris.
The federation has been rotating two team events out of the Olympics since the 2008 Beijing Games. The team events in men’s epee and women’s saber were left out of the 2012 London Olympics.
In Rio, men and women will still be able to compete individually in the epee, foil and saber. The team events will be men’s epee and foil and women’s epee and saber.
Fencing will have a quota of 212 athletes in Rio.
Fencing is one of those sports that is truly viewed by a select audience. While it might not get as many views as some of the bigger Games, like swimming or gymnastics, it’s still an Olympic event nonetheless.
What do you think of the IFF’s decision to remove the two team events from the 2016 Games in Rio? Leave a comment down below.