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A part of the Olympic Games’ sports programme since the first edition in 1896, fencing will also take place in the land of samba. The topic of November’s special feature on rio2016.com, fencing is one of the Games’ five combat sports, alongside boxing, judo, wrestling and taekwondo. It uses three different types of weapon: the épée, foil and sabre, representing the ancient weapons used before the advent of firearms.
Starting this Tuesday, visitors to rio2016.com will find out that each weapon has its own rules, scoring zone and form of touching. You will discover striking facts marking the history of fencing in the Olympic Games, information about wheelchair fencing in the Paralympic Games, and an overview of the sport in Brazil and across the world.
Here is the week’s schedule:
Want to find out more about other sports? See the topics already covered by previous editions of our special features: athletics, badminton, basketball, wheelchair basketball, boxing, boccia, goalball, judo, wrestling, swimming, paracanoe, modern pentathlon, rugby, taekwondo, shooting, triathlon, sailing, volleyball, beach volleyball, handball, golf, football, tennis, cycling and archery .