Technical Commissions

The IFSC Technical Commissions are established by Article 33 of the IFSC Statutes.

In January 2011, the existing Technical Commissions were dissolved, reorganised and integrated into the Sport Department structure.

The IFSC Executive Board has approved the composition and directors of the following Technical Commissions:

  • Rules
  • Event
  • Coaches
  • Routesetters
  • Judges
  • Sport Department

According to Article 33 of the IFSC statutes, the Technical Commissions term expires at the end of the IFSC Executive Board term. Consequently, new members will be nominated by the new Executive Board at the occasion of the IFSC Plenary Assembly 2021.

Judges Commission

NamePositionFederationCountry
Johannes Altner
Director

DAV

GER
Werner GÄchter
Member

KVÖ

AUT
Bruce Mitchell
Member

USAC

USA

Purpose

  • To develop and maintain the highest standards in judging IFSC Sport Climbing competitions in all disciplines and categories.
  • To develop, improve and standardise a career path for judges.

Activities

  • To oversee the annual evaluation of judges based on experience and peer reports.
  • To update the annual list of active judges and to monitor the quality of international Jury Presidents and Judges.
  • To coordinate with the Routesetters Commission and Technical Delegates and to propose nominations for IFSC Jury Presidents and IFSC Judges to officiate IFSC events.
  • To continuously improve the standard of judging at IFSC events by reporting to the Sport Department and making recommendations.
  • To oversee the running of courses aimed at developing new judges following IFSC guidelines and using the most modern educational techniques and methods.

Coaches Commission

NamePositionFederationCountry
Zhao Lei
Director

CMA

CHN
Heiko Wilhelm
Member

KVÖ

AUT

Purpose

  • To act as a centre of excellence in the coaching field.
  • To represent coaches globally and provide support to regions to develop sustainable coaching education.
  • To promote a culture of integrity during competitions, resisting doping, cheating, fraud, manipulation or corruption.

Activities

To collect proposals from coaches and make recommendations to other technical commissions for improvements of all Sport Climbing disciplines.

RouteSetters Commission

NamePositionFederationCountry
Percy Bishton
Director

BMC

GBR
Christian Bindhammer
Member

DAV

GER
Romain Cabessut
Member

FFME

FRA
Chris Danielson
Member

USAC

USA
Hiroshi Okano
Member

JMSCA

JPN
Matthias Woitzuck
Member

KVÖ

AUT
Adam Pustelnik
Additional Member

PZA

POL

Purpose

  • To develop and maintain the highest standards in routesetting IFSC Sport Climbing competitions in all categories.
  • To develop, improve, and standardise a career path for routesetters.

Activities

  • To oversee the annual evaluation of routesetters based on experience and peer reports.
  • To update the annual list of active routesetters and monitor the quality of international routesetters.
  • To coordinate with the Judges Commission and Technical Delegates and to propose nominations for IFSC Chief Routesetters and IFSC Routesetters to officiate IFSC events.
  • To continuously improve the standards of routesetting at IFSC events by reporting to the Sport Department and making recommendations.
  • To support the development of new routesetters following IFSC guidelines.

Rules Commission

NamePositionFederationCountry
François Leonardon
Director

FFME

FRA
Tim Hatch
Member

BMC

GBR
Ying (Jamie) Cheng
Member

CMA

CHN
Stanley Yeo
Member

SMF

SIN
Ellie Howard
Coaches Representative

KVÖ

AUT
Jan Zbranek
Routesetter Representative

CHS

CZE
Appointed by Athletes Commission
Athletes Representative
Werner Gächter
Temporary Member

KVÖ

AUT
Johannes Altner
Temporary Member

DAV

GER

Purpose

The Rules Commission is responsible for maintaining and updating the official international rules of Sport Climbing.

Activities

  • To analyse the requirement for improvement of all Sport Climbing disciplines and to consider proposals received by other Technical Commissions, officials, and IFSC staff.
  • To identify proposals with impact on other Technical Commissions’ work and bring those for discussion to the Sport Department Management Committee.
  • To make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding Rules changes.

Event Commission

NamePositionFederationCountry
Evgenii Chernyshev
Director

CFR

RUS
Burgi Beste
Member

DAV

GER
Emilie Gheux
Member

FFME

FRA
Damien O’Sullivan
Member

MI

IRL
Urban Primozi
Member

PZS

SLO
Michael SchÖpf
Member

KVÖ

AUT
Tim Van Der Linden
Member

NKVB

NED
Marc Norman
Member

USAC

USA

Purpose

  • To support and advise all IFSC Departments on IFSC events with regards to the venue, technical requirements, safety of climbers and organisation of the events
  • To investigate and recommend on the implementation of the official sport equipment.

Activities

To be defined.

Sport Development Commission

In preparation.

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