The 9th IFSC Plenary Assembly, hosted by the Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l’Escalade (FFME), just ended in Paris.
The President of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), Marco Maria SCOLARIS, and the President of the Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l’Escalade (FFME), Pierre YOU, unveiled the goals of Sport Climbing and the IFSC in 2014.
A few months after the selection of the new sports to be included in the 2020 Olympic Games, both presidents took a step back and gave their point of view on the future of Sport Climbing in the coming years. Marco Scolaris said: “The 2020 bid was a great dream… and we woke up in China, where the next Youth Olympic Games 2014 will take place, and where Sport Climbing and Roller sports have been included as demonstration sports. This is a sign that apart from all the political issues, the IOC seems to have been positively impacted by the presentation made by our team and by the sport itself.” With this opportunity to be a demonstration sport at the YOG, Sport Climbing will benefit from extended international media coverage, allowing it to build its reputation and credibility.
Marco Scolaris followed up, “It’s not over yet. We must continue to work hard to show to the IOC that Sport Climbing is an Olympic sport. Its inclusion would benefit all parties, not only the sport and its athletes, but also the IOC. We have to impress this upon them by putting on a great show in Nanjing at the 2014 YOG.”