I got a newsletter from the USFA today. I was hoping that the
there would not be indeed only two NA cup meets, but appearantly it's
The USOC has declared that money will be given to US Olympic sports
in proportion to how many international medals they win. I was wondering
why they chose this method? It seems to me that the sports winning the
most medals aren't in any need of additional money from the USOC, while
the other sports, like fencing, which don't win as many medals are in
desperate need of additional funds. So it looks as if the USFA will
either have to win some medals or make do with less money.
Now the USFA's reponse is most interesting. Last year there were
three NA cup meets now there will be two. It seems to me that if you want
your athletes to do better in the international arena, then you should
increase the the number of North American and national competitions not
I am not a very good fencer myself, and this is why I am
disappointed by the turn of events. In practice, I do fairly
well, but things go bad for me in competitions. I was hoping to get in
more competitions to gain the much needed experience-it doesn't look like
that's going to happen!
I am writing this to those who may be bold enough to organize
some Group I-A events around the country for fencers like myself. I
personally think that the USFA is making wrong and dangerous decisions on
this matter, but there is no reason why we as fencers must fellow them.
With increase competition in the North American Region and inside the US
itself, it seems to me, that this will increase the number of experience and
competitive fencers who could do well in the international arena.
If I am totally wrong, I apologize.
John E. Mason II