France Does Something Not-Cringeworthy; Makes Lightsabers Duels an Official Sport


Well, not cringeworthy in a "why can't I support a harasser, he's my friend" way, at least.

The Fencing Federation of France (say it 5 times fast) now recognizes lightsaber dueling as an official sport.

In an effort to help combat obesity in the country,  fencing clubs now have "lightsabers" and training would-be lightsaber instructors with weapons that sound and feel like the "real" thing without the slicy-stabbyness.

There was a competition outside of Paris that drew nearly 40 supporters. Bouts are intended to last in 3-minute bursts.

Maybe they can work up to 20 to 30 minutes soon.

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