For clarity, officially, these changes are still in the proposed stage pending a final vote by the FIE. This article will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
Priority is now determined before the start of a bout.
There is now a 45 second “shot clock” that is reset after a touch is scored.
If no touch is scored at the end of the “shot clock”, the bout is halted, the fencer with priority is awarded a touch, priority switches to the other fencer, and the fencers are reset.
Every time a touch is scored (double touches included), the “shot clock” is reset and priority switches to the other fencer.
Priority also changes if the score is tied at the last touch of the bout (for example, 4-4 in a pool bout) and a double touch occurs.
If there are only 45 or fewer seconds left in a bout, priority no longer changes.
Epee Direct Elimination bouts will be fenced to 10 minutes with 1 minute breaks at 5 and 10 points,
similar to saber’s break at 8.