Fencing NZ is required to provide a Long List to the NZ Olympic Committee ("NZOC") of fencers who are hoping to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The NZOC are strict about their Olympic selection and qualification in the Zone Qualification event is not sufficient to be selected for the NZ Olympic Team. For NZ Olympic Team selection you must show evidence of being able to beat a fencer ranked in the top 32 (maximum 3 per country) to demonstrate that you can achieve a top 16 placement at the Olympics.
Consequently you must be participating in at least TWO events that give you the opportunity to meet that criteria:
• Participate in at least two FIE Senior competitions and beat a top 32 world ranked fencer allowing for a maximum of 3 fencers per country. - this means effectively that you have to reach the round of 64 as the top 32 ranked fencers are exempt from the first rounds of these competitions. A qualifying result may include beating the 33rd, 34th or 35th world ranked fencer if there are more than 3 fencers from one country in the top 32 (which is currently the case). • Qualify under FIE rules for a place at the Olympic Games (most likely through the Zone Qualification event)
Fencing NZ will put your name forward for the Long List if you can demonstrate that you will be attending the FIE competitions required in the Qualification Period and have qualifying results for the Asian Zone Championships.