IFSC Executive Board Teleconference May 2019

The monthly teleconference of the IFSC Executive Board took place on 22nd May, following the penultimate Bouldering World Cup of the 2019 Sport Climbing season last weekend in Munich, Germany.

After approving the minutes of the previous two Executive Board meetings of the IFSC, the Board continued with reports from the IFSC Departments. Francesca Jengo, Administration Director, began with an overview of preparations for the 2019 Climbing Summit scheduled to take place in Torino, Italy, in December, proceeding to outline the roles and tasks repartition within the IFSC Administration Department. It was announced that IFSC Administration Assistant Erica Ricci is to be promoted to Administration & Development Officer, focussing more on developing the relationships with IFSC Member Federations.

The Board next discussed the 2019 IFSC Climbing World Championships Solidarity Programme, an initiative first implemented in 2005 to support the participation of athletes and National Federations whom normally would not be able to participate in such an event due to limited resources. Following a unanimous vote from the Board, the 2019 Programme was officially launched and distributed on 23rd May.

IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris summarised the main points of the strategic plan timeline, presented to the Plenary Assembly in March 2019, encouraging Continental Councils to gather the feedback received from IFSC Member Federations. A first draft of the plan shall be shared with IFSC Member Federations during a workshop scheduled during the Youth World Championships in Arco, Italy, in August.   

An update on anti-doping management and development was provided, then the Board approved the IFSC Rules Corrigendum

The meeting continued with insight into preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and candidature for Paris 2024 from IFSC Head of Olympic Coordination Jérôme Meyer, ahead of talks imagining a presence at the Youth Olympic Games 2022 and a recap of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. Mr Meyer and IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris then gave an overview of SportAccord 2019, which took place in the Gold Coast of Australia earlier this month.

The new Athletes’ Commission Rules were next approved, and proposals made for the allocation of 2020 Prize Money.

Regulations for the IFSC Paraclimbing Committee were validated, with the Board then reviewing the allocation of additional resources for the upcoming Paraclimbing World Championships in Briançon, France.

On behalf of the IFSC Marketing & Communications Department, IFSC Secretary General Debra Gawrych reported on the Broadcasting Achievement Milestone, which sees all IFSC Bouldering and Lead events in 2019 to be made available to watch live via satellite for the first time in IFSC history. Upcoming changes to the Marketing & Communications team were then raised by IFSC Administration Director Francesca Jengo, who informed the Board of the arrival of a new Event Sponsor & Media Officer within the next weeks.

The next Executive Board teleconference is set to take place on Tuesday 18th June at 2pm CEST.

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