CFF Statement Regarding Russia and Belarus Participation in International Competition

By CFF March 10, 2023

Dear Members,
Earlier today, member nations of the FIE voted to allow athletes, coaches and officials from Russia and Belarus to return to international fencing competition in time for the beginning of the Olympic qualification period. We are extremely disappointed in the result of this vote and want to reiterate our support to our fencing friends of Ukraine.  
In the coming weeks we will consult our high performance athletes and coaches to determine how we can best support any athlete or team that decides to refuse to fence against an athlete or team from Russia or Belarus. We understand that this will be a difficult decision for any athlete to make with Olympic qualification at stake, and will work with our athletes to ensure that they are supported.
If you have any questions, please email President Yann Bernard at or Executive Director David Howes at
Thank you