IFSC World Cup Event Organisers from across the globe gathered at the IFSC headquarters in Torino, Italy, on November 12th-14th to prepare for the 2019 season. IFSC and host nation representatives converged under one roof to support the growth of sport climbing and standardise the quality of future events.
The annual meeting kicked-off on Monday morning with a welcome from IFSC President Marco Scolaris, followed by presentations from IFSC Vice-President Sport/Events Kobinata Toru on event vision and direction, urban event format and the event observation program, and IFSC Sport Director Silvia Verdolini on the official sport equipment project. IFSC Calendar Coordinator Alessandro Di Cato gave an overview of the 2019 season in the afternoon, before IFSC Consultant Steven Morris offered insight into expanding TV and media exposure.
“Sport climbing is entering a new stage, so it's important for all Event Organisers to meet together, to share their knowledge and discuss the direction in which we want to take our sport. Thanks to this meeting, I think we will see an improvement in IFSC events in 2019,” says Vice-President Toru.
Following the group discussions, each team of Event Organisers met individually with IFSC staff to review their respective events. These dedicated sessions continued throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, giving all organisers the chance to address their unique event challenges and opportunities.
“This meeting is beneficial for National Federations organising an IFSC event in 2019 or future years,” says President Scolaris. “Maintaining clear communication and sturdy relationships is fundamental to producing events which can better support the sport climbing movement worldwide. Together, we are stronger and everybody feels the responsibility to contribute to the growth of the sport”.