In France, a new sport has been recognized as ‘official.’ Lightsaber dueling. (Really?)
The French Fencing Federation has chosen to do so in an effort to gain more young fans.
Rules have also been designed to make the sport as entertaining as the movie versions of lightsaber duels. The rules have the blade going behind each fighter to mimic the sweeping style in movies, instead of stabbing motions in normal fencing.
So far, there are still no lightsabers, so for now, they will use polycarbonate ‘blades’.