Speed returns and Lead climbing makes its 2017 debut next week in Villars, Switzerland, and members of the media are encouraged to attend the event.
It was Olympic Day on Friday, June 23, and the Sport Climbing community joined in the celebration.
As the IFSC continues to grow the organisation is seeking additional staff, and is now accepting applications for the position of Sport Officer. The successful candidate will report to the Sport Director and ensure the different Sport programmes (regulations changes and improvements, consultative groups) are conducted within the defined schedule and in collaboration with the other IFSC stakeholders (e.g. Event Officer, Technical Delegates, Administration Department, etc.).
This is a full-time position is based at the IFSC headquarters in Torino, Italy with travel to events (often at weekends) when necessary. The successful candidate will be fluent in English, IT literate and be able to work independently.
The media accreditation process is now open for IFSC Youth World Championships Innsbruck 2017.
Five IFSC Bouldering World Cups are completed, and elite sport climbers now head to Navi Mumbai, India, for the decisive penultimate event, where season podium placements could already be decided.
The Tokyo 2020 event programme was confirmed at an Executive Board meeting of the International Olympic Committee Friday, June 9th, 2017. President Thomas Bach and members of the Executive Board confirmed a programme which focuses on youth, increasing gender equality and emphasising an urban sporting culture. Overall, the event programme will grow by 15 events. Central to the decisions about which events to include was gender equity, as the IOC works towards equal representation from men and women sportspeople in the Olympics. The program in 2020 will feature new women's events and team events in existing sports, including triathlon, swimming and fencing.
Commenting on the decision, IOC President Thomas Bach said “The fascinating new events that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women”, Bach added.
The IFSC welcomes this announcement and especially the youth-focused and urban-based additions to the event programme.
The full press release can be read here.
The IFSC Speed World Cup, originally scheduled for July 12-13th, has been cancelled. Due to unforeseen financial circumstances, the FFME has regretfully informed the IFSC that it will not be able to host the Speed World Cup in Chamonix. The organisers advise all National Federations and Competitors that the Lead World Cup will continue as planned. It is possible that the timetable for the lead competition will be adjusted. Should there be any changes these will be made available as soon as possible.
An email update has been sent to all National Federations and the event has been removed from the calendar. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the IFSC office.
With the close of the Asia Tour last month, top Bouldering athletes from all five continents pack their shoes and chalk bags and travel to Vail, United States, for the fifth IFSC event of the 2017 season.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had this to say when he visited the Bouldering wall: “Sport Climbing is a sport that requires full body conditioning, flexibility and strength”. He was impressed with the climbing ability as a problem was demonstrated to him.
The final round of IFSC World Cup Hachioji-Tokyo 2017 gathered Sport Climbing fans from around the world for a grand show of Bouldering, and multiple distinguished guests attended the event.
The first preparation meeting between TOCOG (Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), the IFSC and the JMSCA - Japanese Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association - took place in Tokyo on May 8 and 9. The IFSC team was led by IFSC President Marco Scolaris and the JMSCA delegation was headed President Mr. Yagihara Kuniaki, while IFSC Vice-President Mr. Toru Kobinata attended the meeting in his function of Sport Manager for the TOCOG Sport Department for Sport Climbing.