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2019 IFSC Plenary Assembly kicks off in Tokyo

Representatives from IFSC Member Federations including Australia (SCA), Germany (DAV), Great Britain (BMC), Nepal (NMA), and host nation Japan (JMSCA) to name a few, as well as IFSC staff and Board members arrived at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo today to kick off the events leading up to the 14th Annual Plenary Assembly this Saturday.

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Tokyo 2020 celebrates #500daystogo

The Tokyo 2020 Organising committee celebrated 500 days until the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics on March 12, 2019 by releasing both the pictograms of the sports in the program and details about the torch run to be held before the event.


In line with the Tokyo 2020 brand promise of “Innovation from Harmony”, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 sport pictograms are designed to subtly communicate the characteristics and athleticism of each sport, as well as artistically highlights the dynamism of athletes. They will play a key role in enhancing the experience of athletes and spectators alike during the Olympic Games.

Olympic Games sport pictograms were first introduced at the Tokyo 1964 Games, which arose from a need to communicate visually to an increasingly international group of athletes and spectators. Since then, pictograms have been created for every edition of the Games.

For more information about the Pictograms, please see the news on the Tokyo 2020 website.

In addition, the locations where the Olympic Flame will be on public display prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay. The planned display is based on the concept that the Olympic Games should aid reconstruction in disaster-hit areas of Japan. It will align with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay concept "Hope Lights Our Way" in what will be the tenth year since the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Tokyo 2020 will exhibit the Olympic flame--which will be lit in Greece--in the three most affected prefectures for two days each during March 20th - 25th 2020, aiming to give the public in those areas the best opportunity to view it before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.

The Relay itself will commence on 26 March at the National Training Center J-Village in Fukushima. It will pass through all 47 prefectures in Japan over 121 days, giving these a chance to showcase their diverse cultural and scenic attractions.

Check where you can see the Olympic flame in Japan from March 20 to March 25th 2020 on the Tokyo 2020 website.

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IFSC signs Historic Contract with Dentsu, Synca

The IFSC has agreed on a mult-year partnership with Dentsu and Synca Creations.

Dentsu Inc., based in Tokyo, is the world’s largest advertising agency brand and the marketing agency of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games. Also headquartered in Tokyo, Synca Creations Inc. is a TV production and distribution company which has been a media partner of the IFSC in Japan since 2013.

"This historic agreement opens new heights for our sport, new horizons for our athletes and events, and strengthens our presence in Japan ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. This milestone deal will enable us to consolidate our organisation and invest in key developments to enhance the attractiveness of Sport Climbing and its strong appeal among youth,” says Marco Scolaris, IFSC President.

You can find the full press release about the deal here.

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IFSC President Meets BMC President at the CWIF 2019

On the occasion of the CWIF (Climbing Works International Festival) 2019, one of the UK’s top Bouldering competitions which sees international Athletes go head to head with members of the British public, IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris visited Sheffield, UK.

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IFSC Officials Make Final Preparations for the 2019 Season

The Annual IFSC Officials Seminar took place on 16-17th February in Turin, Italy, home to the IFSC Headquarters. IFSC Officials including Technical Delegates, Jury Presidents, Judges and Routesetters joined IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris, along with members of the IFSC Executive Board and Staff, to make final preparations ahead of the upcoming 2019 season which will start in Meiringen, Switzerland on 5th April.

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IFSC Welcomes new Sport Assistant

The IFSC is pleased to welcome Hazel (Haesol) Han as Sport Assistant. Hazel will join the Sport Department’s efforts in creating an IFSC Official Sport Equipment Catalogue for Bouldering, Lead and Speed competitions, a project which aims to create a fairer playing field across all IFSC events.

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