Sport climbing is booming

At the European Championships Munich 2022 climbing kicks off with a new record: Munich 2022 will be the proud host of the IFSC Climbing European Championships, featuring four events for the first time ever – Boulder, Lead, Speed and the Paris 2024 Olympic competition Boulder & Lead.

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Date: 11-18 August 2022
  • Venue: Königsplatz
  • Athletes: 300
  • Medal events: 8

All medal events

Speed Women
Boulder Men
Boulder Men

Boulder Men

The home of Sport Climbing

The natural habitat of climbers are natural as well as artificial rock and climbing halls. According to the German Alpine Association, there are around 500,000 active climbers in Germany – and more than two million across Europe. Climbing has developed into a trendy leisure sport. Through the inclusion in the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020, sport climbing receives further world-wide attention including new audiences and fans. So, there is no end of the trend in sight.

Stunning setting - fascinating sport

Stunning setting - fascinating sport

Königsplatz is one of the most iconic locations in Munich - right in the heart of the city. The imposing square is famous for its neoclassical buildings: the Glyptothek, the State Museum of Classical Art and the Propylaea, which provide a picturesque backdrop to boulder, lead and speed walls, the playing field where the European Champions of each event will be decided. Königsplatz is already popular amongst locals and tourists, but will draw even bigger crowds in August 2022, when it will host two fascinating European Championships, in beach volleyball and sport climbing.

Always one move ahead!

Our "Back to the Roofs Letter" provides a compact summary of the most important topics concerning the European Championships Munich 2022.

In a nutshell
In a nutshell
In a nutshell

In a nutshell

In Speed, climbers are secured from above, running up two standardised parallel routes to reach the top of a 15-metre wall. Men and women compete on identical routes. The qualification is a battle against the clock. The 16 fastest climbers advance to the knockout round in which two climbers compete side by side and the faster climber advances to the next round. Since the standardisation of the walls in 2007, official world records can be set. The current men’s world record is 5.48 seconds – set by Iranian climber Reza Aliporshenazandifar in 2017, while the women’s world record was set by Russian athlete Iuliia Kaplina at the 2020 IFSC European Championships.

ABOUT THE FEDERATION

ABOUT THE FEDERATION

The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is an international non-governmental non-profit organisation whose main objectives are the direction, regulation, promotion, development and furtherance of climbing competitions around the world.

The last two decades have been a period of spectacular growth for both sport climbing and the organisation. Sport climbing has gained credibility not only as competitive sport, but also for its social values. The IFSC is a young and healthy Federation founded on modern sporting principles and values, cultivating them along with sport growth and development.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board officially confirmed that Sport Climbing has been included on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024. The decision marks a high watermark in the history of the IFSC, following on from the sport’s inclusion at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and coming just eight months before its highly anticipated debut at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo (JPN). The IOC Executive Board also agreed to add Boulder & Lead and Speed competitions to the programme, bringing the total number of medal events for Sport Climbing at Paris 2024 to four, two more than at Tokyo 2020. The number of participating athletes will grow to 68 for Paris 2024, a significant increase from the 40 that will compete at Tokyo 2020 next August.