KEY FIGURES

THE IFSC HAS 93 MEMBER FEDERATIONS OVER 5 CONTINENTS:

AFRICA: 7   ASIA: 23   EUROPE: 44  OCEANIA: 3   PAN-AMERICA: 16

Athletes

2,160 licensed athletes in 2019

39% of these licensed athletes are women

Athletes represented the 5 continents 

and 65 countries

Average age of elite athletes: 21

1998 Average Birth Year of the athletes participating in IFSC World Cups and the IFSC World Championships in 2019

Competitions

World Championships - every other year (odd years)

Youth World Championships - annually

World Cup Series - annually (maximum 18 events, 6 per discipline)

Continental Events

Paraclimbing

2 International Lead events in 2019

158 Athletes enrolled for the 2019 World Championship in Briançon (FRA)

111 Men and  47  Women

competing in 14 categories

9 Men categories and  5  Women categories

24% increase in the number of participants from the 2018 IFSC Paraclimbing World Championship in Innsbruck (AUT)

24 countries represented.

3 disciplines

LEAD

Height, endurance and strategy

Athletes climb secured by a rope, one at a time, on an overhanging route with a 6-minute time limit. The athlete who reaches the highest point wins.

  • In Lead, the aim for the competitors is to go as high as possible in an individual attempt on a 15m wall.
  • The competitors have a limited amount of time (six (6) minutes) for their attempt.
  • The Lead ranking is set based on the height (hold number) achieved by the competitors. A competitor gets a “+” added to their score if moving in the direction of the next hold.
  • The routes are reset between the Qualification, Semifinals and the Final.
  • Competitors can preview the route during a collective observation time (six (6) minutes), but cannot attempt the route (no observation in the Qualification round).
  • Competitors are kept in an isolation room before they perform their “on sight” attempt (no isolation in the Qualification round).
  • There are different routes for men and women competitors.

 

BOULDER

Power and technique

An explosive performance on routes (problems) with a maximum height of 4 metres and safety mats below. The athlete who solves the most problems in the lowest number of attempts wins.

  • Boulder competitions take place on 4-metre-high walls equipped with safety mats.
  • The aim of Boulder is to solve (complete) the most problems (routes) on four/five (round-dependent) boulders in the lowest number of attempts over a given period of time.
  • Different problems are set for men and women.
  • The problems are reset between the Qualification, Semifinals and the Final.
  • In Finals, competitors can preview the boulder problems during a collective observation time (2 minutes per Boulder) but cannot attempt the problems. In Qualifications and Semifinals, the climbers observe the problems for the first time during their first attempt (no observation prior to the round).
  • Competitors are kept in an isolation room before they perform their “on sight” attempt.
  • The Boulder ranking is decided by the number of problems solved. The competitor who solves the most problems wins.
  • One zone hold (approximately the halfway point on a problem) is set per problem.
  • The Boulder ranking is based on: 1. Number of tops reached, 2. Number of zone holds reached 3. Number of attempts to top, 4. Number of attempts to zone.

SPEED

15 metres in just a few seconds!

Secured from above, climbers run up standardised parallel routes. The fastest climber wins.

  • The aim of Speed is to be the fastest to reach the top of a 15m wall.
  • Men and women compete on identical routes which are not modified between rounds.
  • The competitors compete (race) in pairs on identical routes.
  • The winner is the first to reach the top of the route.

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