IFSC Youth World Championships 2017 continues to meet targets

Organisation of the IFSC Youth World Championships in 2017, held in Innsbruck, Austria, is making rapid progress. After the new venue, Kletterzentrum Innsbruck (KI), was inaugurated in May, the first competitions have already been staged, and organisers at Austria Climbing continue to work with the IFSC in the final run-up to the Youth World Championships. This international competition will be held August 30 to September 10th and attract young climbing stars from across the globe. Additional documents for National Federations regarding the combined format and the registration process are available, and athlete registration is open.

Watching will be representatives from the 2018 Youth World Championship Organising team from Central Saanich, Vancouver Island, Canada. Event Organizer Kimanda Jarzebiak attended The World Games and met with the IFSC in preliminary meetings, in anticipation of next year's event. The IFSC and Austria Climbing will also welcome Kimanda Jarzebiak and Chloe Mandell (Marketing and Production Manager) at the IFSC Youth World Championships in September, as the nature of the Youth World Championships evolves.
More information is available on the Austria Climbing website, where media registrations are also currently open.


IFSC Lead World Cup Returns to France

After a thrilling show of Sport Climbing last weekend at The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland, the world’s best Lead athletes return to France for the third IFSC Lead World Cup of the season in Briançon.


3 Years Until Tokyo 2020

With three years to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, a flag tour festival was held in Tokyo’s Citizen’s Plaza in Shinjuku. Around 5000 spectators attended, including Japanese Olympians and Paralympians.


Executive Board addresses European Bouldering Championships

The monthly Executive Board teleconference was held on July 12th. IFSC President Marco Scolaris, Vice-President of Sport/Events Kobinata Toru, Vice-President Treasurer and Finances Pierre-Henri Paillasson and President of the Athletes’ Commission Sean McColl attended the Chamonix Lead World Cup. This occasion also offered the backdrop for additional meetings, including the Executive Board Teleconference.
Board members addressed the pressing issue of the format of the Munich Bouldering World Cup and the European Championships, due to be held at the same time next month. Following a proposal from the Athletes, the Board validated a decision to allow additional European climbers to climb following the World Cup semi-final. The rankings of the extended semi-final will be used to determine the results of the European Bouldering Championship.
Other topics addressed were continued coordination with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Committee and the IOC, and the proposed calendar of the 2018 season.
The next Executive Board meeting will be held on August 18th.


Kaplina Sets New World Record, Iran Wins First Gold

The world’s fastest Speed climbing athletes raced at The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw today, the second day of Sport Climbing action. Iuliia Kaplina of Russia broke her own world record, dropping the mark from 7.38 seconds to 7.32 seconds, and Iranian Reza Alipourshenazandifar registered multiple times below 5.70 seconds on route to winning the first Gold medal for Iran at The World Games.


IOC President Praises Sport Climbing

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Dr. Thomas Bach visited the Sport Climbing venue yesterday during men's Bouldering qualifications of The World Games 2017. IFSC President Marco Scolaris and IFSC Secretary General Debra Gawrych, along with the most elite Bouldering athletes, welcomed the IOC President on the Market Square in Wroclaw.


Youth Olympic Games Workshop in Buenos Aires

Sport Director Jerome Meyer was in Buenos Aires this week for an IOC workshop. The workshop, organised to develop the “Urban Park” at the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, brought together directors from several sports, local organising committee, and the IOC. Mr. Meyer also met with representatives of the Argentinian National Federation, notably President Mariano Rodriguez Giesso , and Secretary for Climbing Martin Lascano Gonzalez.

Jerome Meyer meets with Martin Lascano (2nd from left) and the FASA team

Jerome Meyer meets with FASA President Martin Lascano (2nd from left) and the team.


IFSC at the European Championships

The European Championships in Lead and Speed were held on the first weekend of July in Campitello di Fassa, starting off the month with an exciting competition. The event also provided the backdrop for meetings between IFSC President Marco Scolaris, and IFSC European Council President Wolfgang Wabel. Topics included the development of the European council and the upcoming joint event in Munich, which is both a World Cup and a European Championship.

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