Although sword fighting dates back thousands of years, the sport of Fencing only came of age in the 19th century. Wheelchair Fencing was developed in the years after World War II, and has a few key rules - most notably that an athlete’s foot must not leave the chair’s foot rest or use the floor for advantage, and the athlete must remain seated at all times. There are two simple classifications - A and B - where athletes in the B category have an impairment with a greater impact on their functional ability.
Wheelchair frames are designed so that fencers can compete against each other whether they are right- or left-handed.
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