IFSC President Marco Scolaris and Secretary General Debra Gawrych deemed the “Urban Cluster” concept, in which sport competitions take place in the heart of the city, a complete success at The World Games in Wroclaw. At the event, Sport Climbing was featured on the central Nowy Targ, an arrangement which received significant positive feedback from the Polish Sport Ministry, the Wroclaw Organising Committee and other World Games organisers. The IFSC was delighted that spectators were moved to discuss developing permanent climbing facilities as well as consider the opportunity of opening the walls to the public after future competitions.
Many notable actors in sport including IOC President Thomas Bach attended the competition on Nowy Targ. Representatives of the Polish Sport Ministry and the Polish National Climbing Federation were also in attendance, and Athlete Edyta Ropek was recognised as the most decorated woman in climbing for Poland. She presented the silver medal at the awarding ceremony for the men’s Speed competition. Both the IFSC and the athletes were thrilled at this warm reception.
President Scolaris and Secretary General Gawrych were particularly pleased as the same concept is to be used at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. “The World Games in Poland showed how well the urban cluster can display a sport to a large audience,” President Scolaris said. “We are very confident and excited to see the same concept applied in the Youth Olympic Games and Olympic Games: imagine sport climbing being side by side with skateboarding, basketball 3 on 3, BMX freestyle: what a blast!”