The video-refereeing is compulsory at Grand Prix competitions and World Championships. - In individual events, the fencer has: · in the pools using the video-refereeing system, one possible appeal during each bout; · in direct elimination bouts, two possible appeals to video-refereeing. Should the referee prove the fencer who appealed to the video-refereeing right, the latter is entitled to get back his possibility of appeal. - In team events, the fencers keep one possible appeal to the video-refereeing per relay and they are entitled to get back this appeal should the referee prove them right.
In case of appeal to the video-refereeing, the referee will move towards the refereeing delegate, they will watch the video together and after consultation with the delegate, the referee will give his final decision.
At conventional weapons, when both lamps are on, the referee must look at his monitor before making a decision. If both fencers are equal at the end of the match, the referee must use the video-refereeing to award the decisive hit should the two lamps be on (except at epee). The last action will be replayed on the referee’s and the refereeing delegate’s monitors, first at the real speed and then in slow motion, at a speed that is between 20 and 25% of the real speed.
The refereeing delegate has the possibility to request that the referee review his decision at any time.
The person(s) checking the referee’s decision does not have to be a member of the refereeing commission. For the World Championships, the refereeing head delegate will designate this or these person(s).
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