On the occasion of the 135th IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland, IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris and Head of Olympic Coordination Jérôme Meyer met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) members and officers, to discuss developments and ongoing challenges faced by the IFSC and Sport Climbing as a whole.
The third Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) commenced yesterday (9th January) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Further cementing the IFSC’s position within the Olympic family, IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris and Head of Olympic Coordination Jérôme Meyer attended the spectacular YOG opening ceremony at the recently opened Vaudoise Arena in Lausanne.
On Wednesday 8th January 2020, the IFSC Executive Board came together for their first monthly teleconference of the Olympic year. At the beginning of the biggest year for Sport Climbing to date as we take the final steps towards the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the meeting offered Board members the opportunity to discuss ongoing developments within the IFSC and relating to our sport as a whole.
Voting is now open for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019, which recognises athletes for their outstanding performance, their social commitment, or particularly fair behaviour in 2019. After her record-breaking sweep of the 2019 Bouldering season and having taken further wins during the 2019 IFSC Bouldering and Combined World Championships, Slovenian Sport Climbing star Janja Garnbret is one of 25 contenders up for the award.
The 12th edition of the Peace & Sport International Forum took place in Monte Carlo, within the Principality of Monaco, on 11-13th December. IFSC Honorary Member Dr Paola Gigliotti was invited to the Forum as one of six jury members for the 2019 Peace & Sport Awards.
The IFSC Executive Board meets monthly via teleconference and twice yearly in person, during the IFSC Plenary Assembly in March and the December Executive Board meeting in Turin, Italy, where the IFSC headquarters is located. Thursday 12th – Friday 13th December 2019 saw the Board convene in Italy to review the 2019 season, prepare for the year ahead, and discuss ongoing matters relating to the development of both the IFSC and Sport Climbing as a whole.
The IFSC and the Cyprus Mountaineering Climbing & Orienteering Federation (CMCOF) are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 15th IFSC Plenary Assembly, set to take place in Limassol, Cyprus, on March 13-14th 2020.
On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Sport Climbing was officially approved for the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to be held in Dakar, Senegal by the International Olympic Committee. This time, the event will feature Bouldering and include a total of 24 athletes, 12 per gender.
With the IFSC in the midst of a period of rapid growth and Sport Climbing making its debut Olympic appearance in less than one year’s time, the IFSC is delighted to welcome Piero Rebaudengo on board as General Director.
The final international Sport Climbing event of 2019 takes place this week in Toulouse, France, from 28th November – 1st December. As the second opportunity for athletes to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the IFSC Combined Qualifier is set to receive international broadcasting coverage.