Olympic preperations continue

Sport Director Jerome Meyer and Marketing and Communications Director Anne Fuynel met with the Olympic Broadcasting Services yesterday to discuss the presentation of Sport Climbing at Buenos Aires 2018 and Tokyo 2020. This meeting focussed on diverse and innovative ways to display the sport both in reality and TV. It focused on the presentation options possible through technologies more frequently used for other sport types.

"The IFSC is striving to give the best quality and innovative competition during the Olympic Games," said Anne Fuynel.  "We are aware that the standards for sport presentation are very high and we will be fully dedicated to work with OBS and provide the best possible show to the public onsite and on TV. "

The IFSC continues to look forward to the collaboration with Olympic bodies in preparation for both the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.


IFSC continues successful collaboration with the World Games

The World Games and the IFSC successfully collaborated in 2016 to promote sport climbing and support the traditions and values of competitive sport.

The World Games seeks to promote physical and porting activities for the well-being of society and organises multi-sport events every four years. The IFSC was thrilled to see that several of the events of the 2016 calendar were shared and promoted over the World Games social media and the World Games Channel, which featured highlights, full replays, and interviews.

10 of the World Cups were featured on the World Games Channel with LIVE streaming and full replays, as well as the Paris World Championships and the Guangzhou Youth World Championships.

This collaboration will continue for 2017, and the Sport Climbing will be represented at the next World Games in Wroclaw in August.


Initial Information for the 2017 Plenary Assembly

In a few days the registration for the 2017 Plenary Assembly, which will be held on March 11, 2017, will be opened.

All National Federations are welcomed to take part in the event, which is taking place in Quebec City, Canada. Additional workshops and meetings have been planned for representatives of National Federations from the 9th of March, allowing them to exchange knowledge and ideas.

Initial Information about the venue, the program, as well as transportation logistics can be found here, and will be updated as necessary.


Event Organizer Meeting

On December 2nd-3rd, Event Organizers gathered in Torino for the annual meeting with the IFSC, with presentations given by President Marco Scolaris, Vice-President Sports & Events Helmut Knabl, Administration Director Francesca Jengo, Sport Director Jérôme Meyer and Marketing & Communications Director Anne Fuynel.

Topics covered included the IFSC situation after the Olympic decision, a general report on the 2016 season and 2017 calendar, new developments in sport rules, communication and marketing and various event organization topics. Apart from the general meetings, several individual meetings were held in the new IFSC office. Event organizers traveled from all over the world for the discussions, both from existing and new host locations. Altogether, 21 organizers attended the proceedings.

"This year was an incredible year for our sport, and our events would not be possible without the hard work of the organizers behind them," says Mr. Scolaris. "We are looking forward to working together for another great season in 2017."


Sport Department Discusses Olympics

IFSC Vice President Sports/Events Helmut Knabl, IFSC Sport Director Jerome Meyer and directors from a variety of commisions met in Torino last weekend to discuss and review potential changes to IFSC event regulations.

Among the discussions were the formats of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, as well as proposals to adjust the Speed route. The annual meeting lasted three days, and conclusions will be presented to the IFSC Executive Board and Member Federations in March at the 2017 Plenary Assembly in Quebec City, Canada.


Tokyo 2020 Venue Confirmed

International Olympic Committee (IOC) meetings continued, and yesterday the IOC Executive Board confirmed the location of Sport Climbing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


LEAD: Slovenians Season Champions

In a year which welcomed the inclusion of Sport Climbing to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the final IFSC event of 2016 concluded in apropos fashion: with applause for the athletes of our sport!


JMA Name Change Confirmed

From April 1st, 2017 the Japanese Mountaineering Association will be officially renamed the Japanese Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association.

The JMA Plenary Assembly, held on the 13th of November 2016 has decided to change the Association’s name from the 1st of April 2017. The decision to rename the Association the Japanese Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association is made to support the growing trend of Sport Climbing in Japan for Tokyo 2020, in order to be recognised more easily by people who have interest in the sport, and in accordance with the suggestion of the IFSC.

The JMA was established in 1960, and as the Japanese day, "Names and natures do often agree". The JMA president Mr. Yagihara said, "organizations need to change themselves to adapt to the requirements of the times, we need to show that we are one of these". Vice President Mr. Ogata said "The JMA committed ourselves to improve Sport Climbing in Japan, as well as traditional mountain activity including the safety and the environment. It is definitely a pair of wheels for us."

The new logo for team Japan will be developed for the 2017 season.

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