On September 1, the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) announced the cancelation of the remaining World Cup competitions for 2020. The events were set to take place in Seoul, South Korea, and Salt Lake City, Utah.
“Unfortunately,” wrote the IFSC, “the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, along with traveling restrictions that derive from it and of the safety measures that are currently in place in many countries all over the world, forced the IFSC, the Korean Alpine Federation and USA Climbing to take another painful decision.”
This means that the IFSC World Cup in Briançon, France that was held on August 21-22 was the only World Cup event of 2020. During that competition, 19-year-old Italian climber Laura Rogora earned a gold medal in the women’s lead event, her first adult World Cup medal, following an impressive youth competition career. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Czech climber Adam Ondra secured gold in the men’s lead event—his 23rd World Cup gold medal.
Two days after the IFSC announced the cancelations, they released the calendar for the 2021 World Cup season. Boulder, lead, and speed disciplines will each be contested six times over 12 events throughout 2021, starting April 16 in Meiringen, Switzerland and coming to a close October 23 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The full schedule is as follows:
2021 IFSC World Cup Series
April 30-May 2
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
IFSC President Marco Scolaris said: “This calendar inspires us, despite the uncomfortable and unusual conditions that we meet every day: there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and we must focus on it. Uncertainty still reigns in our world, but we are already looking forward to next season, and so are our event organisers. There are eight months still to go and we all have to do our part to overcome the pandemic. Stay safe and protect others.”