Spanish olympian Jaime Marti had his hand run-through with a saber at practice today. The blade was unbroken and went through an all-star glove with no holes.
He wants everyone to know he is ok. The saber went straight through his hand and luckily missed all the nerves and tendons, but he will be out for the NY world cup and Spanish National Championships. I’m Hoping he will be back for the European zonals. Let’s all send him well wishes for a quick recovery.
This injury is just another example that the gloves do not meet a good safety standard.
Will it take someone dying before they implement better safety standards for fencing gloves? Athletes are at risk. FIE: You must do something ASAP! (And, the recent safety precaution of ensuring gloves have no holes is not enough)
(UPDATE) PICTURE OF JAIME’S FENCING GLOVE: