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Sport Climbing was one of the eight sports shortlisted by the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel. On August 7-8 2015, they presented their bid in Tokyo. Today begins a new era for Sport Climbing as it is officially proposed as a new sport for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel.


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Save the date! On Monday 28 September, Tokyo 2020 will make a decision on the additional event(s) to be proposed to the International Olympic Committee for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The final decision will be taken at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016.


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The SANCF 2016 Executive Committee


SANCF would like to introduce the Executive Committee of 2016:


At the AGM it was decided to extend the term of office of the President George Stainton due to the excellent work he has done building the relationships with IFSC and SASCOC as well as ensuring that we have all the requirements for affilliation with these organisations met.


The Deputy President, Chris Naude wil step up and take a far greater role in managing the internal affairs of the federation and with the guidance of Patrick Black (Governance & Jury President) ensure complete transparency and build on communications, develop policy and build management procedures in many of the importand areas critical to the strengthening of SANCF.


The new treasurer is Gareth Cotten from Western Cape and Sandy Black will take up the challenge of Secretary.


Paul Bruyere will remain the Chief Routesetter.




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IOC President visited the Sports Lab

IOC President visited the Sports Lab


"On August 21, IOC President Thomas Bach came to the Sports Lab and visited the sport climbing venue, along with the other sports areas,"  says IFSC President Marco Scolaris. "I welcomed President Bach and the IOC delegation thanking him for the opportunity given to the IFSC athletes. After that, President Bach spent almost half an hour with our Athletes, who illustrated the sport through the 3 disciplines and took him close to the action."

Stay tuned on the IFSC Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest news on climbing at the Youth Olympic Games!

PP  Marco Scolaris, IFSC President.


The Only Way Is Up...





If ever Team South Africa at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China had aspirations of soaring up the medals table, they would have been boosted by an inspirational young speaker on Monday.


Petite redhead Sam Stainton gave the team of 55 an upbeat promotional talk showcasing the sport of climbing and spoke with a maturity beyond her years.


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