OLYMPIC GAMES PARIS 2024
A proposal to include surfing, skateboarding, breaking, and Sport Climbing at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 was unanimously approved at the 134th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session on 25 June 2019.
The IOC Executive Board officially confirmed Sport Climbing’s inclusion in the programme of the 2024 Olympic Games on 7 December 2020.
The decision marks a high watermark in the history of the IFSC, following on from the sport’s inclusion at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and coming just eight months before its highly anticipated debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
With a Speed event and combined Lead & Boulder event in Paris, the total number of medal events for Sport Climbing will double from two at the Tokyo Games, to four in Paris. The 2024 Games will also see a significant increase in the number of Sport Climbing athletes participating in comparison to the Tokyo Games, from 40 athletes in Tokyo, to 68 in Paris.
The Games of the XXXIII Olympiad are scheduled to take place in the French capital from July 26 to August 11 2024.
IFSC PRESENTS THE 2022 CALENDAR
The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is proud to unveil the calendar of the upcoming 2022 season, opening with the XVIII IFSC General Assembly in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
2022 IFSC WORLD CUP SERIES
Consisting of 13 stages in total and distributed over 10 countries and three continents, the 2022 IFSC World Cup Series will take place between April and September.
The opening World Cup competition of the season will take place in Moscow, Russia, while Salt Lake City is also expected to host another doubleheader, replicating the successful formula that debuted in May 2021.
Hosting the only IFSC World Cup in both Boulder and Lead, Innsbruck, Austria, marks the midpoint of the season. July will see the return of three long-standing landmarks on the calendar, with world cups in Villars, Switzerland; Chamonix, France; and Briançon, France.
The full schedule of the 2022 IFSC World Cup Series is as follows:
- 1-3 April – Moscow (RUS) – Boulder, Speed
- 8-10 April – Meiringen (SUI) – Boulder
- 29 April-1 May – TBD location in Japan – Boulder
- 6-8 May – Seoul (KOR) – Boulder, Speed
- 20-22 May – Salt Lake City (USA) – Boulder
- 27-29 May – Salt Lake City (USA) – Boulder, Speed
- 22-25 June – Innsbruck (AUT) – Boulder, Lead
- 1-3 July – Villars (SUI) – Lead, Speed
- 8-10 July – Chamonix (FRA) – Lead, Speed
- 22-23 July – Briançon (FRA) – Lead
- 2-3 September – TBD location in Slovenia – Lead
- 22-24 September – Bali (INA) – Lead, Speed
- 28-30 September – TBD location in China – Lead, Speed
Following the outstanding Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Sport Climbing will feature at three different multi-sport events in 2022: the World Games Birmingham 2022, where all three disciplines will be contested; the European Championships Munich 2022, with Boulder, Lead, and Speed being joined by the Olympic Games Paris 2024 format of Boulder & Lead; and the 19th edition of the Asian Games, set to take place in Hangzhou, China.
YOUTH AND PARACLIMBING
The yearly IFSC Youth World Championships will be organised in the United States of America, in a city still to be defined, between 22 and 31 August. Paraclimbing’s 2022 competition calendar will be presented later in 2021.
IFSC President Marco Scolaris commented:
“The year 2021 has been a non-stop challenge, for us and for the whole world. However, we made our debut at the most unique edition of the Olympic Games, and, eventually, we succeeded organizing a number of great IFSC competitions. The calendar of the 2022 season is not just a mere list of dates, locations, and competitions. It is a symbol of hope, and we are very much looking forward to bringing the Sport Climbing world united again, with no exceptions.”
When could gyms reopen?
The Government has not yet published its lockdown exit strategy. Boris Johnsonhas said he will set out the strategy for the “gradual and phased” easing of lockdown in the week beginning 22 February.
In an address to MPs on Wednesday 27 January, the Prime Minister indicated that lockdown measures will remain in place until at least Monday 8 March.
This means it is safe to assume that gyms will not reopen until at least 8 March, but likely later.
The date is based on progress in vaccinating the most vulnerable groups in society by mid-February and then giving the jab time to take effect.
How did gyms work under the tier system?
The Government has indicated that England will re-enter a tiered system of restrictions when nationwide measures ease.
Speaking about easing out of lockdown, Dominic Raab told the BBC: “I think it is fair to say it won’t be a big bang, if you like, it will be done phased, possibly back through the tiered approach that we had before.”
Gyms were allowed to stay open in all tiers under the three-tier system that was in place in December.
However, they were closed in tier four areas when the additional level was brought in later in the month.
When gyms reopen they will once again have to follow strict rules, such as reduced class sizes and one-way systems.