One of the rules regarding chest protectors was recently modified.
m.25.4c At all weapons, the use of a breast/chest protector (made of metal or some rigid material) is compulsory for women and optional for men. At foil, this breast/chest protector must be worn below the protective plastron.
At foil, the protector will have the following characteristics: The entire outside of the chest protector (the side facing the opponent) must be covered with a soft material as E.V.A. (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) of four mm thickness and density of 22kg/m3. (The material can be attached to the current plastic models or incorporated into the manufacture of new chest protectors). The material, must have the SEMI technical mark at the center of the upper edge.
This new implementation of the regulations will be enforced starting from the 2018 Junior & Cadet World Championships in April 2018 in Verona.
To see the application of this rule for tournaments other than FIE-sanctionned events (for example provincial and national tournaments), please refer to our Rules FAQ section. If you have any questions regarding this, do not hesitate to contact us.