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Since the COVID-19 outbreak and the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games, it’s been difficult to predict when climbing competitions may safely resume. But, on June 26, the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) announced that August 21 is the new proposed date for the first 2020 World Cup.
The provisional World Cup schedule is as follows:
- Briançon (FRA) from August 21 to 22: Lead
- Salt Lake City (USA) from September 11 to 13: Boulder and Speed
- Seoul (KOR) from October 7 to 11: Boulder, Lead and Speed DATES TO BE CONFIRMED
For the safety of the athletes, the IFSC released a COVID-19 Addendum to the rulebook. Among other requirements, athletes will undergo temperature checks and be required to wear masks in iso and holding areas.
Because not all athletes may feel comfortable traveling or be able to due to travel restrictions, there will be no accumulation of points or 2020 Wold Ranking. Additionally, seasonal trophies will not be awarded at the end of the year.
IFSC President Marco Scolaris stated in a press release:
“I have seen an extraordinary willpower to move on in several organisers. We are aware of the difficulties, the challenges and the uncertainty. However, the world needs a message of hope. The health and safety of our athletes, officials, staff and volunteers will always be our top priority, but looking at the passion living in Briançon, today we are confident that, together with FFME and in full compliance with the French laws and regulations, we will be able to deliver a good competition. We trust the same could happen soon in other countries.”
Feature image: Eddie Fowke/IFSC