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Intervista a Matteo Righeli, arbitro Federscherma




Borri: Which are the main differences between the classic fencing and blind-people’s fencing?

Righeli: “Surely in the blind category the athletes move less, it’s mentally less demanding for the ones who arbitrate, the athletes are not contested by the dates. The regulation is totally different: blind people are obliged to make their blades touch, the casual thrusts are not counted, they have to follow the metal stripe on the platform, which is shorter than the normal ones, they have a 15 seconds time-out each, the match finishes at 10 points instead of 15 and there’re two halfs of 3 minutes each.”

Borri: And what’s the difference between olympic and paralympic fencing?

Righeli: “The paralympic athletes have the weelchair attached to the platform, meanwhile in  direct elimination matches there are no differences between the two categories. At the beginning there’s a group stage that for the paralympic matches consists in five thrusts assaults, and once that the stages have finished the ranks are drawn up, then there’s the direct elimination and at the end the final match.”

Gri Marizza: Why are you all so elegantly dressed up?

Righeli: “Fencing is a sport with a very elitist and formal tradition, for that reason referees always wear suit and tie, that have to be worn in any season, even if it’s summer.”


Stefania Demasi

3AL – Liceo Linguistico “Scipio Slataper”

Petra Bauzon

3C – Liceo Scientifico “Duca degli Abruzzi”

Anthea Borri

3A – Liceo Scientifico “Duca degli Abruzzi”