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President's Message

presidentClimbing is one of the basic human movements, we climb before we’re able to stand up and walk. Climbing is an instinct.

Many millions of people from all around the Globe climb regularly outdoors and indoors: almost 3,000 people try climbing for the first time every day. So many young people find in the three disciplines of Sport Climbing (Speed, Lead and Bouldering) what best fits their personalities. Sport Climbing gyms and venues are spread over more than 150 countries.

The Sport has gained credibility not only because of its spectacular competitions, but also for its social values, witnessed by its introduction as a curricular-scholar sport in many countries, and programs for people with a disability and other disadvantaged individuals. The quick development and growth, now also registered in many developing countries, prove that this Sport can be proposed as an alternative, young, spectacular activity to people of all ages, everywhere.

Created in 2007, the IFSC has built up a dynamic but solid structure, based on principles of good governance, universality, equal opportunities and transparency ; spectacular events ruled by highest standard of rules ; athletes inclusion in the IF decision-making processes at all levels ; anti-doping policies and athletes health and integrity protection.

With National member Federations and registered athletes in 89 countries on the 5 continents, more than 65 countries participating in World Championships and 52 in the last Youth World Championships, the IFSC has seen the Sport growing steadily and becoming spectacular.

After a presence at Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games and the inclusion in the cultural programme in Innsbruck YOG 2012, the IFSC was invited to showcase the Sport at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in August 2014. Presented to the Olympic Family and operators, the spontaneity of climbing was welcomed and appreciated.

In 2015, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee proposed Sport Climbing to the IOC as an additional Olympic sport, following a presentation we made in Tokyo in early August 2015. The IOC Session final decision was taken in Rio de Janeiro, on August 3rd, 2016, just before the opening of the Rio Olympic Games: Sport Climbing is an Olympic Sport, the IFSC is an Olympic International Federation.

Our athletes deserve an Olympic future and here we are.

Sport Climbing is unique: there is nothing in the Olympic Games like climbing. No athlete today is pushing the limits in the vertical dimension. We are not using tools or whatsoever to climb up, the equipment is for safety only.

Now a new adventure begins, inspiring and demanding. We are used to climb and to face the challenge, to commit ourselves and to pass difficulties that from the ground look impossible if not crazy.
World up is the IFSC motto...because humans are all natural born climbers.

World Up...Keep Climbing!

Marco Maria Scolaris

IFSC President

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