This weekend, on August 21 and 22, Briançon, France will host the first 2020 IFSC World Cup. The competition will be Lead-only and feature athletes from 13 countries, including the U.S.
“In spite of the extraordinary circumstances – caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – the International Federation of Sport Climbing and the Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l’Escalade worked tirelessly to be able to deliver the highest possible level of competition…” wrote the IFSC in a press release. New guidelines will be implemented to ensure the safety of athletes and officials.
From the U.S., ten athletes will compete: Olympic-qualified athlete Colin Duffy, Sean Bailey, Zach Galla, Zander Waller, Joe Goodacre, Lauren Bair, Sienna Kopf, Emma Hunt, Callie Close and Norah Chi. A complete list of all participating athletes can be found here.
The qualification round begins Friday morning at 9 (UTC+2:00) and semifinals will take place Friday night at 7:30. Finals will begin the same time the following evening.
Due to the pandemic and travel restrictions, athletes will not be awarded points or a World Ranking.
Stay tuned for a recap.
Feature image by Eddie Fowke/IFSC