The Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, a celebration of sport, diversity and gender equality, will be the first edition of an Olympic competition with strict gender equality and this spirit will guide the Opening Ceremony and the lighting of the cauldron, which will be lit by both a woman and a man.
On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board approved the competition schedule for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The action-packed programme will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events and will run from July 24th to August 9the, 2020.
In occasion of the July EB Teleconference, the IFSC appointed Silvia Verdolini, previously IFSC Sport Officer, to the position of IFSC Sport Director during its IFSC Executive Board meeting on Wednesday and Alessandro Di Cato, previously Event Officer, to the position of IFSC Calendar Coordinator. Since joining the team in 2017, Verdolini and Di Cato have coordinated and overseen projects of the Sport Department with a strong passion for Sport Climbing and valuable insight. The full list of IFSC staff can be found here.
The first Paraclimbing Cup of 2018 takes place on July 18th and over 200 athletes from 31 nations will compete in Briançon (FRA) and Arco (ITA) on July 20-21st and 27th-28th, the next IFSC World Cup events.
Stefano Ghisolfi of Italy and Jessica Pilz of Austria completed the only tops in finals, Pilz’s first IFSC World Cup victory, and former Chamonix winners Danyil Boldyrev of Ukraine and Aleksandra Rudzinska of Poland were back in gold this week at the 5th Speed and 2nd Lead event of 2018 in Chamonix, France.
On July 18th the IFSC will feature special programming straight from the Paraclimbing Cup 2018 debut in Briançon.
Heights are back in the 2018 IFSC World Cup series! Champions in Lead climbing return to action and the race to the top of the rankings continues in Speed climbing on July 6th-7th in Villars, Switzerland, followed by a rematch in both Sport Climbing disciplines on July 11th-13th in Chamonix, France.
In just 100 days, the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, will be alive with the first ever street-party style opening ceremony that will mark the start of the Youth Olympic Games - the first edition with gender equality - that takes place from 6-18 October this year.
For nine days, the Youth Olympic Village received more than 2,000 schoolchildren who left messages to cheer on the young athletes while also participating in sport initiation activities. The messages will be delivered to the young athletes when they enter the Village and start their Olympic adventure. The notes were organised into four categories: respect, excellence, friendship and passion.
The Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee has launched today its Youth Olympic mascot: #Pandi!