Scheduled from August 23 to 31, 2020, they have been moved to next year, due to the Covid-19 emergency
THE World Youth Championships in Voronezh (RUS) scheduled from 23 to 31 August 2020 have been postponed to 2021. The decision was made by the International Climbing Federation (IFSC) and the Russian Climbing Federation as an inevitable result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already forced the IFSC to postpone or cancel many continental and international competitions.
The dates of the event have yet to be confirmed.
Dmitry Bychkov, CFR president, said:
“We were looking forward to welcoming hundreds of young climbers from all over the world in August 2020, we will certainly do it next year. A tough decision has been made and I’m sure everyone will understand that it was the right one. We know that thanks to the European Youth Championships in 2019 many people have fallen in love with Voronezh. Over the past seven months, the arena and the city itself have undergone some renovations, and we look forward to all fans returning in 2021 and admiring it with their own eyes. “
Along with this decision, the IFSC is also pleased to announce that the IFSC World Youth Championships will be held in the United States in 2022, as USA Climbing had previously shown interest in organizing the competition in 2021 and agreed to welcome the next generation of junior and young climbers the following year.
IFSC President Marco Scolaris said:
“Securing two consecutive editions of our World Youth Championships in the IFSC calendar now, while we are still in the midst of the toughest crisis of modern times, is a great sign of hope given by our sport. Last year we recorded one of the highest numbers of athletes participating in the Arco competition in Italy, and we expect this number to be confirmed in 2021 and 2022. This also means that the World Youth Championships are a great challenge for members. of the Federation who choose to organize them and I would like to publicly praise the Climbing Federation of Russia and the USA for accepting this challenge and shedding light on the future of sport climbing. “