In 2017, the International Paralympic Committee granted the IFSC the status of “Recognized International Federation”.
The IFSC has been hosting Paraclimbing competitions since 2006, when the first international event saw athletes from four National Federations compete in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The movement has grown in recent years, with a regular circuit being added to the IFSC calendar from 2010 and IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships taking place from July 2011. It has become tradition that the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships run alongside the IFSC Climbing World Championships, promoting athletes with a disability on the same stage as other athletes. Proud of the quick growth of the Paraclimbing community, with over 100 athletes enrolled in the 2018 World Championship in Innsbruck and of the increasing standard of competitions, the IFSC remains dedicated to developing and strengthening the competitions and support available to athletes.
In the light of this, in October 2018 the IFSC appointed a Paraclimbing Development Officer to elaborate a strategic plan for developing the sport further. The plan was unanimously approved at the 2019 IFSC Plenary Assembly in Tokyo, Japan, officially declaring the start of a new era for Paraclimbing and its vibrant, committed and enthusiastic community.
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