The International Federation of Sport Climbing has long been greatly supportive of programmes regarding education, social inclusion, gender equality, and environmental protection.

For this reason, the IFSC has long taken a leading role in the forums and events of Peace&Sport through IFSC Honorary Member Dr. Paola Virginia Gigliotti, who has been particularly invested in social and humanitarian programmes. Furthermore, the commitment of the IFSC has also been recognised by the inclusion of Dr. Gigliotti as one of six members of the jury panel at the 2019 International Peace&Sport Awards.

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the IFSC had planned to celebrate April6 with even greater commitment through a series of initiatives, including the Peace&Sport signature White Card picture which would have taken place during several IFSC events which have since been postponed.  

IFSC Peace and Sport April 6 2019Peace&Sport White Card initiative at the IFSC World Cup in Meiringen (SUI) 2019. Photo: Haslital Mountain Festival/Diego Schläppi

Additionally, the programme intended to promote a Climbing Marathon with the help of Universities and University for Peace, that have joined the movement over the past three years. Among the institutions adhering to this project are the Universities of Perugia (ITA) and Koya (IRQ) for Environment & Peace; the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome (ITA) for Women’s Health; universities in London (GBR); the International Academy of Sports Science; universities in Casablanca (MAR), Gitega (BDI), and Goma (CGO).

The celebration was planned to end in Syracuse, Italy, with an Open Climbing Day for refugee children and unaccompanied minors, in accordance with the themes covered at the 2019 Peace&Sport Forum in December. Unfortunately, the spread of COVID-19 has prevented all parties involved from going through with the preparation of this event in person.

The current lifestyle calls for creativity, and therefore April6 celebrations will be held in virtual form. This shall include short lectures with the professors of partner universities and the Climbing Marathon will now be a House Climbing Marathon, showing climbing moves which can be done every day around the house.

The IFSC would therefore like to invite as many as possible to send a picture or short video of house-climbing, and/or a photo holding a white card, that will be collected to record this unusual yet extremely special celebration.

We hope to see you join our initiative and spend this important day together, however distant.

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