The International Federation of Sport Climbing has announced its calendar for the 2016 sport climbing season. The sport is currently eagerly awaiting a decision on whether it will be included as an event at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Expanding the sport’s reach, in 2016 the IFSC events will be held in six new hosting cities. For the first time, the IFSC World Cup will be taking place
in Meiringen (Switzerland), Nanjing (China), Navi Mumbai (India), Villars (Switzerland), Xiamen (China) and Guangzhou (China).
IFSC has also announced that the IFSC World Championships, which take place every two years, will be held this year in Paris, France. The venue is the newly renovated Bercy AccorHotels Arena where 500 plus international athletes representing 60 countries are expected.
Autumn is expected to be a busy time for climbing lovers. From 12th to 16th October, Shanghai will host the first World University
Sport Climbing Championship. Then, from 7th to 13th November the IFSC World Youth Championships will take place for the second time in China, in the city of Guangzhou.
IFSC President, Marco Maria Scolaris commented: “Year after year climbing popularity grows as does the number of climbing lovers. It’s a community to be proud of. This year will be another fantastic season, with new cities ready to host the IFSC competitions. The entire IFSC is working on the visibility and accessibility of sport climbing.”
IFSC, along with climbing enthusiasts, are eagerly a decision from the International Olympic Committee Session in August about the possible
selection of Sport Climbing and four other sports for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.