The closing ceremony of The World Games 2017 took place on Sunday, ending ten days of sports competitions at the highest level in Wroclaw, Poland.
The World Games takes place every four years and gathers the most elite athletes. This year, 3251 athletes from a record number of countries (111) took part in the Games. The event sold more than 160,000 tickets and could be watched world-wide on 130 TV stations and on the Olympic Channel. Sport Climbing was among the featured medal sports. It was the first time all three disciplines were present, with the debut of Bouldering. There were 72 athlete registrations representing 23 countries and all 5 continents across Bouldering, Lead and Speed. More facts and figures on The World Games 2017 can be found here.
On the first day, 19-year-old athletes Stasa Gejo of Serbia and Yoshiyuki Ogata of Japan topped every problem. Iuliia Kaplina of Russia set a women's world record on the Speed wall (7.32 seconds) on the second day, and Reza Alipourshenazandifar was awarded IWGA Athlete of the Day after racing to the first Gold medal for Iran. Lead concluded the Sport Climbing in Wroclaw, with Anak Verhoeven of Belgium and Keiichiro Korenaga of Japan winning the Gold medals on the third day. In the end, Japan tied Russia for most medals won (4), and France finished with three athletes on the podiums. Please visit the dedicated Games page on the IFSC website for the full medal table.
IOC President Thomas Bach attended The World Games in Wroclaw, and he gave high praise for Sport Climbing after visiting the venue during men's Bouldering qualifciations. From the IFSC, President Marco Scolaris, Secretary General Debra Gawrych, Sport Director Jérôme Meyer and Event Officer Alessandro Di Cato all attended. Following three days of memorable Sport Climbing at one of the most significant events in sport, Marco Scolaris said the following:
“It was truly a privilege to work with the International World Games Association and the Organising Committee and City of Wroclaw to host such an outstanding event, which presented the best of Bouldering, Speed and Lead climbing. We’re happy to have brought Sport Climbing to the very heart of the city of Wroclaw, as a true urban sport.”
Full replays from the Olympic Channel of Bouldering, Lead and Speed finals can be watched on the Wroclaw event page.