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Thread #121207   Message #2643686
Posted By: Rapparee
29-May-09 - 12:52 PM
Thread Name: BS: Violence in sports.
Subject: RE: BS: Violence in sports.
If I perform the same action on a fencing strip, people applaud.

If you fence, you and your opponent are using blunted weapons and wearing protective clothing and equipment which MUST past quite rigorous testing. Even the soles of your shoes must be tested for slippage.

If, for example, the point of your weapon breaks you or anyone else can and MUST call a halt to the match. If you continue and (let's say) your broken point penetrates your opponents mask and drives into his or her eye and then into the brain (as happened in Rome in 1982, although the broken tip wasn't noticed by anyone), you are liable under the law.

In the case in Rome the death of the Soviet fencer led to the modern emphasis on safety and safety tested equipment.

There's a great deal of difference between fencing and stabbing someone on the street.