Originally scheduled to be held in Limassol, Cyprus, on 13-14 March 2020, the XVI Plenary Assembly of the IFSC was held virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 13-14 November 2020.
A Plenary Assembly in writing took place on 29 May 2020, also in the form of a teleconference, for the approval of the 2019 audit and financial reports, and 2020 budget.
The XVI Plenary Assembly of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) opened with a video message from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.
In his message, the IOC President congratulated the IFSC and its delegates for overcoming the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and their ability to organise a virtual congress.
“We have seen over the past weeks and months that whether in sport or in life, we are always stronger together. This is why we are happy to have such reliable partners, like the IFSC, at our side,”
Bach told the more than 60 National Federations gathered virtually for the annual congress.
The Assembly ratified the Executive Board decision to include six new Member Federations into the IFSC.
The Federation welcomed two continental members — Sport Climbing Fiji (SCF) and the Uganda Sport Climbing Federation (USCF) — and four full members:
The SCF and NCSA replace the Fiji Mountaineering and Climbing Association (FMCA) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NPA), respectively, when the latter bodies cease their membership in 2021. Also ceasing its membership in 2021 is the Österreich Alpenverein (OAV), representing Austria.
The Plenary Assembly also approved the transition of the Federation Deportiva Peruana de Escalada, representing Peru, from continental to full membership.
With the aforementioned changes, the IFSC now counts 94 National Federations as members: 8 in Africa, 23 in Asia, 44 in Europe, 3 in Oceania and 16 in Pan America.
IFSC Secretary General Debra Gawrych presented a long-term roadmap for the future of Sport Climbing.
The 2020-2028 Strategic Plan, which was revised after the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, is the final outcome of a process that covered most of the 2019 Sport Climbing season, with events such as the XIV IFSC Plenary Assembly in Tokyo (JPN), the National Federations Workshop in Arco (ITA) and the 1st Climbing Summit in Torino (ITA) playing crucial roles in the definition of the vision, mission and key objectives.
The IFSC’s Vision is to make the world a better place through Sport Climbing, while its Mission is to grow the Sport Climbing community and to foster the furtherance of Sport Climbing worldwide.
In addition, the IFSC will work to effectively and efficiently govern, develop, showcase and promote Sport Climbing through sustainable events for athletes, Member Federations and key stakeholders.
The IFSC’s Key Objectives for the 2020-2028 period are to:
The 2023 IFSC Climbing and Paraclimbing World Championships will be hosted by the city of Bern, Switzerland.
Three candidates presented their bids for the 2023 IFSC World Championships during the Plenary Assembly. The President of the Swiss Alpine Club, Ms Françoise Jacquet, presented the bid from the Swiss capital city which emerged victorious after securing 28 votes from the IFSC members. Seoul (KOR) received 9 votes, and Chongqing (CHN) received 7 votes.
The IFSC Climbing and Paraclimbing World Championships is the pinnacle competition of the IFSC calendar and takes place every two years. The last edition in 2019 took place in Hachioji, Japan.
The second day of the Assembly commenced with a video greeting from the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) President Francesco Ricci Bitti.
President Ricci Bitti expressed ASOIF’s pleasure in welcoming the IFSC as an associate member in 2017, following Sport Climbing’s inclusion as an additional sport in the programme of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The ASOIF President congratulated the IFSC for achieving a programme position in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, considering the IFSC being founded in only 2007.
“You are contributing to the evolution of the Olympic Games in terms of feelings with young people. Your sport is a very young sport, even urban, and so your future is bright. Good luck and enjoy having a successful meeting today,”
Ricci Bitti expressed to the almost one hundred delegates attending the second session of the online meeting.
The newly-formed Paraclimbing Committee of the IFSC has been ratified by the Assembly.
Following a unanimous vote by the XIV Plenary Assembly in March 2019, the prior Paraclimbing Commission was disbanded, and the newly-ratified Committee was appointed later in 2019.
Two athlete representatives were elected during the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships Briançon 2019, with two coaches, two experts, and one route-setter being selected by the IFSC Executive Board.
IFSC Paraclimbing Committee members are as follows:
Proposed amendments to the IFSC statues were approved during the second session of the online meeting, following a series of votes.
The XVII IFSC General Assembly will take place in Paris, France, in April 2021.
XVII IFSC GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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