Pan American Climbing Council
"Light at the end of the tunnel" is the message given by Marco Scolaris, IFSC president at the start of the 2nd Pan American meeting.
Scolaris emphasized the efforts made by the IFSC to reinitiate sports activities with a special event in Briançon on August 21 and 22 of this year that will feature new safety and health measures and count with the support of the French and local authorities .
This special cup would be composed of standalone events and would not be adding points for the ranking, taking into account that not all countries will be able to participate and that the travel restrictions are different depending on the situation with Covid-19.
"There are already other event organizers who are willing to host this kind of adapted world cup with a Bouldering and Speed event in Salt Lake City in mid-September and then an event in Korea and one in China", said Scolaris.
The IFSC has shared a document with regulations and recommendations that has been updated weekly to adapt to the global situation of the pandemic.
The Pan American Climbing Council held its second virtual meeting on Friday, June 26, attended by María Izquierdo, president of the PAC, members of its board of directors, leaders of the National Federations, and Marco Scolaris and Piero Rebaudengo, President and CEO of the IFSC respectively.
Following Izquierdo's welcome, Scolaris gave an update on reviving sporting events with a special world cup kicking off at Briançon in August this year. With regard to Sport Climbing at the Pan American Games in 2023 Scolaris said: “We are in the right direction. Let's continue working hard and together as it has been until now ”
María Izquierdo gave a report on the current situation and the efforts made to include our sport in Santiago 2023.
The communications and events working committees followed with reports from each area and the first report from the newly created PAC Athletes Commission led by Stacey Weldon.
At the end of the meeting, each National Federation present was given time to give a snapshot of the handling of the Pandemic by each State regarding the opening of climbing gyms, reactivation in training and restarting sporting events given the common denominator of the uncertainty that may force further postponement of plans for the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021.