Russian Climbing World Cup Rescheduled as IFSC Palms Out Extra Suspensions

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Russia lost its scheduled stop in Moscow on the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Tour in the wake of the war against Ukraine. The IFSC moved the stop to Italy and imposed several suspensions.

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the IFSC canceled all of its events in the country for 2022. The organization emerged from recent General Assembly sessions in Salt Lake City, with rescheduling and suspensions on the agenda.

The 2022 Bouldering World Cup event, originally scheduled to take place in Moscow on April 1-3, will now take place in Brixen, Italy on June 10-12. The IFSC has also decided to suspend Russia and Belarus as member federations until further notice and to suspend its own Ethics Committee for exceeding its powers.

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The IFSC Boulder World Cup will be Italy’s first IFSC event since the 2019 World Youth Championships in Arco.

IFSC President Marco Scolaris thanked the Italian Sport Climbing Federation (FASI) in Italy for taking immediate action to make the adjustment.

“We are very pleased that we were able to find a replacement organizer for the Bouldering World Cup. I have no doubt that this event will be a great success and I want to thank our national association in Italy for stepping in at such short notice,” said Scolaris said in a statement.

FASI Vice-President Ernesto Scarperi reiterated Scolaris’ gratitude to the local organizers and expressed his confidence that “the state-of-the-art climbing center in Brixen and the international experience gained in recent years” will allow for a worthy competition.

IFSC suspends Russia, Belarus, Ethics Committee

However, not all of the news that came out of the IFSC earlier this week was so flattering.

IFSC members at the Salt Lake City meetings exposed Russia and Belarus because of their nations’ actions towards Ukraine. The organization instructed its board to continuously review the situation and to resume both countries if and when circumstances permit.

It has also suspended its internal ethics committee following a dispute by ethics chair Marc Le Menestrel.

Details of the dispute made the IFSC accessible only in broad strokes. In an opinionIt said members accused the ethics committee of “exceeding its mandate and interfering with the governance and ordinary course of business of the federation.”

Ultimately, it found that the Commission was sending “false and unfounded” information directly to the national federations. As a result of that ruling, it suspended all current members of the commission and the commission itself. She plans to reorganize the commission with new “rules and composition”. Using independent experts and its internal review, it intends to appoint a new committee as soon as possible.

The IFSC Climbing World Cup Tour 2022 begins April 8-10 with a bouldering competition in Meiringen, Switzerland.