Qualification process:

There are 200 quota spots for fencing at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Qualification is primarily based on the FIE Official Ranking as of April 4, 2020, with further individual places available at 4 zonal qualifying tournaments.

For the team events, 8 teams qualify in each event. Each team must be composed of at least 3 fencers. The top 4 ranked teams qualified. The next best ranked team from each zone (Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Oceania) qualify as long as it is ranked in the top 16. If a zone had no teams ranked between 5th and 16th, the best placed nation not already qualified is selected regardless of zone.

For individual events, the 3 fencers from the team event qualified for individual competition automatically. Six more places were awarded based on the rankings (ignoring fencers from countries with team qualifications and considering only the top fencer from each country): the top 2 fencers from each of Europe and Asia-Oceania, and the top 1 fencer from each of Americas and Africa, qualify. 4 more places (1 per zone) were awarded through zone qualifying tournaments; only countries without a qualified fencer in an event were eligible to participate in these zone qualifying tournaments.

India Watch:

C.A. Bhavani Devi became the first Indian fencer to qualify for Olympics. Bhavani qualified through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) Method.


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