Hosted by Austria Climbing, the 13th annual IFSC Plenary Assembly on March 15-17 gathered about 100 delegates from 51 National Federations to prepare for the beginning of a new chapter for Sport Climbing.
Sport Climbing will feature as a medal sport in an Olympic context for the first time at the Youth Olympic Games, just 200 days away on Tuesday. 40 athletes between the ages of 16-17 will climb in Buenos Aires, following their performances at IFSC Youth World Championships Innsbruck and other qualification events in 2017. Ongoing developments for the athletes, officials and venue were presented on Saturday, alongside updates for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
“We couldn’t be prouder of the talented young athletes representing our sport in Buenos Aires, the first Olympians of Sport Climbing, and we will continue working with the IOC to make it the best Youth Olympic Games possible,” says IFSC President Marco Scolaris.
After the publication of the Ethics Charter for the Community, the Ethics Commission was officially established on Saturday to guide its implementation. Marc Le Menestrel was appointed as chairman, and additional members will be added throughout the year.
The IFSC Plenary Assembly also confirmed the interest of the IFSC Executive Board to continue supporting the missions of the Paraclimbing Commission and strengthen Paraclimbing activities in 2018 and beyond.
Right to left: IFSC President Marco Scolaris speaks with Eugen Burtscher, President of Austria Climbing, and Christoph Kaufmann, Mayor of Innsbruck, during the main proceedings of the IFSC Plenary Assembly. © KVÖ.
Two National Federations were voted new Members of the IFSC on Saturday: the Cambodia Climbing Federation (CCF) and the National Association for Climbing and Mountaineering in Sri Lanka (NACMSL). 23 Federations including Continental Members are now represented on the continent of Asia, the most ever.
“As our sport expands in Asia leading up to Tokyo 2020, we are pleased to welcome the National Federations of Cambodia and Sri Lanka to the IFSC family,” says IFSC Vice-President Sport/Events Kobinata Toru.
In the evening, the 13th annual IFSC Plenary Assembly concluded with a gala dinner for all the delegates at the Bergisel Sky in Innsbruck. Photos of all the gatherings can be found in the IFSC Flickr gallery, and the next IFSC Plenary Assembly in 2019 will take place in Tokyo.