The Lead finals in Xiamen were tight with an unbelievable number of ties recorded at the end of the previous round. As the wall was not as steep as ones from prior competitions the setters needed to be creative to challenge the climbers and looking back at the results it was nearly unsuccessful, but they pulled through for a nail-biting final.
Following the first Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games from 12-16th October in Doha, Qatar, where Bouldering featured as one of 14 disciplines, the XXIV ANOC General Assembly took place at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris, Vice-President Sport/Events Kobinata Toru and Alessandro Di Cato, IFSC Event Officer, attended the Bouldering events at the Games, with the IFSC President and VP also participating in the ANOC General Assembly from 17-18th October.
On October 14-15th 2019, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) welcomed International Federations (IFs) representing sports set to feature in next year’s Olympic Games at the recently opened Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland. IFs were invited to partake in a seminar providing updates on the latest preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and on behalf of the IFSC, Head of Olympic Coordination Jérôme Meyer and Administration Director Francesca Jengo attended.
The penultimate event of the 2019 IFSC World Cup series takes place in Xiamen, China this weekend, from 18-20th October. Featuring the final Speed World Cup of 2019 and the second-to-last round of the Lead events, the action in Xiamen is set to be broadcast both live and delayed-as-live around the world.
The inaugural ANOC World Beach Games kicked off in Doha, Qatar, this weekend, beginning on Saturday 12th October and running until Wednesday 16th. Bouldering is one of 14 sports featuring in the international beach multi-sport event, which is being broadcast live and delayed-as-live across the globe by the Olympic Channel.
Summer and Winter Olympic International Federations (IFs) gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 8th October, for the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Governance Workshop. IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris and Francesca Jengo, IFSC Administration Director, joined the workshop in the process of improving governance within the IFSC.
Following the IFSC Climbing World Championships 2019 in Hachioji, Japan, the IFSC Athletes’ Commission (AC) saw the election of six (6) new members. Newly elected Shauna Coxsey (GBR) MBE has now been appointed as Vice President of the Commission, subsequent to a unanimous decision by the AC during a meeting held on Thursday 19th September.
The fourth event of the IFSC Lead World Cup 2019 took place in Kranj, Slovenia nearly two months after the previous event concluded to host newly crowned World Champions and begin to set competitors apart in the overall season rankings.
The IFSC Executive Board came together this week for their monthly teleconference, one month after the first Sport Climbing athletes qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 at the IFSC Climbing World Championships 2019 in Hachioji, Japan.
As Sport Climbing grows, so too must the IFSC. With a rapidly expanding team of presently 10 staff members, the IFSC has now outgrown its headquarters and so, will this week be relocating to a new and bigger office.