A Debrief from the President

A Debrief from the President (c) Francis Fontaine

IFSC President Marco Scolaris shares on the positive ambience, Olympics discussions, Board elections and more of the 2017 IFSC Plenary Assembly.

"This year’s Plenary Assembly in Quebec was exactly what we envisioned," said the IFSC President. "Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC) and the Fédération Québécoise de la Montagne et de l’Escalade (FQME) did a fantastic job, organising all aspects of the event and one of the best PA ever. Our President of the PanAmerican Council, Maria Izquierdo, and her team were the perfect hosts."

Regarding the Olympics, Mr. Scolaris said, "It was the 10th anniversary of the founding of the IFSC, and we celebrated with the richest discussion on the Olympics. We were glad to take decisions together on two key topics: the Olympic Format to be adopted and the main concept of the Qualification System approved at the PA, which will be worked on with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) once they release their Qualification Principles. This concept is that Athletes will qualify through Combined (Olympic format) events only."

The IFSC President also shared his thoughts on the IFSC Executive Board change: "It was a pleasure to recognize this devotion [of Helmut Knabl] during the PA, which voted to present him with the title of IFSC “Honorary Member.” Now filling his position [as IFSC Vice-President Sports/Events] will be Kobinata Toru of the Japanese Mountaineering Association (JMA), who has already contributed in so many ways...We also welcomed new President of the Oceania Council, Romain Thevenot: his enthusiasm will surely boost the growth in this region."

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