The AFF has received some preliminary information from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) regarding the qualification process for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, to be held in Buenos Aires from 6 to 18 October 2018.
In accordance with the qualification process developed by the FIE and the IOC, places for the Youth Olympic Games will be allocated based on results in the 2018 World Cadet Championships to be held in Verona, Italy in April 2018.
Relevantly, places will be allocated to fencers from the Asia/Oceania zone as follows:
- three quota places in each weapon and gender event will be allocated to the best ranked fencers from Asia/Oceania (with a maximum of one fencer per country per event); and
- a further two quota places will be allocated to the next two best ranked athletes from Oceania across all events (with a maximum of one athlete per country for each event).
In order to compete in the Youth Olympic Games, fencers must be eligibe to participate in the 2018 World Cadet Championships and must be born no later than 31 December 2003. Further details of the qualification process are contained in the attached document.
This information is preliminary and relates to the international qualification process only. The AOC is currently in the process of developing the nomination and selection criteria for the Australian YOG team, which may impose additional requirements.
Athletes should note that the Australian team for the 2018 World Cadet Championships will be selected in accordance with the AFF Selection Policy (available under 'Documents and Policies' on this website), which requires athletes to be members of the Australian Fencing Team. Nominations for the Cadet AFS for the 2017/18 year (which incorporates the 2018 World Cadet Championships) will open in April/May 2017.