|Formation||27 January 2007|
|81 member federations|
|Marco Maria Scolaris|
The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the international governing body for the sport of competitive climbing,which consists of the disciplines lead climbing, speed climbing, and bouldering. It was founded in Frankfurt on 27 January 2007 by 48 member federations, and is a continuation of the International Council for Competition Climbing, which had been in existence from 1997 to 2007 and was a part of the Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme (UIAA).
Due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the IFSC suspended the Russian and Belarusian federations, and cancelled all events in Russia in 2022.
The major competitions organized by the IFSC are:
The IFSC Climbing World Cup is a series of competitions held annually. The athletes compete in three disciplines: lead, bouldering and speed. The number of competitions and venues vary from year to year.The first World Cup was held under the auspices of UIAA in 1989, World Cups were held under the auspices of IFSC from 2007.
The IFSC Climbing World Championship is a competition held biennially. This event determines the male and female world champions in the three disciplines of sport climbing lead, bouldering and speed as well as in para-climbing.
The IFSC World Youth Championship is a competition held annually. This event determines the male and female world youth champions in three disciplines: lead, speed, and bouldering. For each discipline, the athletes are grouped in three age groups: Youth B, Youth A and Juniors.
The IFSC European Championship is a competition held biennially in years when World Championships are not held. This event determines the male and female European champions in the three disciplines of sport climbing lead, bouldering and speed.
The IFSC European Youth Cup is a series of competitions held annually. Athletes competes in three disciplines: lead, speed and bouldering and are grouped in three age groups: Youth B, Youth A and Juniors.
In the following tables are listed the national federations members:
|Argentina||Federación Argentina de Ski y Andinismo||FASA|
|Australia||Sport Climbing Australia||SCA|
|Azerbaijan||Air and Extreme Sports Federation of Azerbaijan||FAIREX|
|Belgium||Climbing and Mountaineering Belgium||CMBEL|
|Bolivia||Federación Boliviana de Ski y Andinismo||FEBSA|
|Brazil||Associação Brasileira de Escalada Esportiva||ABEE|
|Bulgaria||Bulgarian Climbing and Mountaineering Federation||BCMF|
|Cameroon||Association des Sport de Montagne et d'Escalade||ASME|
|Canada||Climbing Escalade Canada||CEC|
|Chile||Federación de Andinismo de Chile||FEACH|
|China||Chinese Mountaineering Association||CMA|
|Chinese Taipei||Chinese Taipei Alpine Association||CTAA|
|Colombia||Federación Colombiana de Escalada Deportiva||FCED|
|Costa Rica||Federación costarricense de Deportes de Montaña||FECODEM|
|Croatia||Hrvatski Planinarski Savez (Croatian Mountaineering Association)||HPS|
|Cyprus||Cyprus Mountaineering and Climbing Federation||CMCF|
|Czech Republic||Cesky horolezecky svaz (Czech mountaineering association)||CHS|
|Denmark||Dansk Klatreforbund/Danish Climbing Federation||DKF/DCF|
|Ecuador||Federación Ecuatoriana de Andinismo y Escalada||FEDAN|
|El Salvador||Federación Salvadoreña de montañismo y escalada||FSME|
|Finland||Finnish Climbing association||FCA|
|France||Fédération française de la montagne et de l'escalade||FFME|
|Georgia||Georgian Climbing National Federation||GCNF|
|Great Britain||British Mountaineering Council||BMC|
|Greece||Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing||HFMCU (EOOA)|
|Guatemala||Federación Nacional de Andinismo de Guatemala||FNAG|
|Honduras||Federación Hondurena de Deportes de Montana y Escalada||FEHDME|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Mountaineering Union||HKMU|
|Hungary||Hungarian Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation||MHSSz|
|India||Indian Mountaineering Foundation||IMF|
|Indonesia||Federasi Panjat Tebing Indonesia||FPTI|
|Iran||Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation||IRI MF|
|Israel||Israel Climbers' Club||ILCC|
|Italy||Federazione Arrampicata Sportiva Italiana||FASI|
|Japan||Japan Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Association||JMSCA|
|Kazakhstan||Mountaineering and Climbing Federation of Republic of Kazakhstan||MCFRK|
|Latvia||Latvian Alpinist Association||LAA|
|Lithuania||Lithuania Federation of Sport Climbing||LFSC|
|Luxembourg||Fédération Luxembourgeoise d'Escalade, de Randonnée et d'Alpinisme||FLERA|
|Malaysia||Persekutuan Mendaki Malaysia (Malaysia Mountaineering Federation)||PMM|
|Malta||Malta Sport for All||MSFA|
|Mauritius||Mauritius Sport Climbing Federation||MSCF|
|Mexico||Federación Mexicana de Deportes de Montana Y Escalada||FMDMYE|
|Mongolia||Mongolian National Climbing Federation||MNCF|
|Nepal||Nepal Mountaineering Association||NMA|
|Netherlands||Koninklijke Nederlandse Klim- en Bergsportvereniging||NKBV|
|New Zealand||Climbing New Zealand||CNZ|
|North Macedonia||Macedonian Sport Climbing Federation||MSCF|
|Norway||The Norwegian Climbing Federation||NCF|
|Pakistan||Alpine Club of Pakistan||ACP|
|Panama||Asociación Panameña de Escalada||APAES|
|Peru||Federación Deportiva Peruana de Escalada||FEDPE|
|Poland||Polski Zwiazek Alpinizmu (Polish Mountaineering Association)||PZA|
|Portugal||Federação Portuguesa de Montanhismo e Escalada / Portuguese Mountaineering and Climbing Federation||FPME|
|Romania||Federația Română de Alpinism și Escaladă||FRAE|
|Russia||Climbing Federation of Russia (suspended)||CFR|
|Saudi Arabia||The Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation||SCHF|
|Serbia||United Sport Climbing Federation of Serbia||USCFS|
|Singapore||Singapore Mountaineering Federation||SMF|
|Slovakia||Slovak Mountaineering Union JAMES||SMU JAMES|
|Slovenia||Alpine Association of Slovenia||PZS|
|South Korea||Korean Alpine Federation||KAF|
|Spain||Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada||FEDME|
|South Africa||South African National Climbing Federation||SANCF|
|Sweden||Swedish Climbing Federation||SKF|
|Switzerland||Swiss Alpine Club||CAS|
|Thailand||The Sport Climbing Association of Thailand||SCAT|
|Turkey||Turkish Mountaineering Federation||TDF/TMF|
|Ukraine||Ukrainian Mountaineering and Climbing Federation||UMF|
|Venezuela||Federación Venezolana de Escalada Deportiva||FEVME|
|Algeria||Fédération Algérienne de Ski et sports de Montagne||FASSM|
|Andorra||Federacio Andorrana de Muntanyisme||FAM|
|Armenia||Armenia Alpine Club||AAC|
|Belarus||Belarus Alpine Federation (suspended)||BAF|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Mountaineering Union of Bosnia - Herzegovina||PSBIH|
|Cambodia||Cambodia Climbing Federation||CCD|
|Estonia||Estonian Climbing Association||ECA|
|Fiji||Sport Climbing Fiji||SCF|
|Jordan||Jordan Federation of Sport Climbing||JFSC|
|Kyrgyzstan||Federation of Mountaineering Rock and Ice Climbing of Kirgiz Republic||FMRICK|
|Macau||Mountaineering Federation Macau China||MFMC|
|Philippines||Sport Climbing Association of the Philippines||SCAPI|
|Rwanda||Rwanda Sports Climbing Federation||RSCF|
|Sri Lanka||National Association for Climbing and Mountaineering in Sri Lanka||NACMSL|
|Uganda||Uganda Sport Climbing Federation||USCF|
|Uzbekistan||Federation of Mountaineering and Rock Climbing of Uzbekistan||FMCU|
|New Caledonia||Comité Régional de la Montagne et de l'Escalade de la Nouvelle Calédonie|
|Austria||Austrian Alpine Club||ÖAV|
|Spain||Basque Mountaineering Federation (Eusko Mendizale Federazioa)||EMF|
|Spain||Federaciò d'Entitats Excursionistes de Catalunya||FEEC|
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Sean McColl is a professional rock climber from North Vancouver, Canada. He competes in the lead climbing, speed climbing, and bouldering disciplines, and has won major competitions in all three.
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USA Climbing is the national governing body of the sport of competition climbing in the United States. It promotes competition climbing in the United States in the disciplines of bouldering, lead climbing, and speed climbing, in elite, youth and collegiate formats. USA Climbing is recognized by the International Federation for Sport Climbing (IFSC), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC)
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Sport climbing competitions at the 2024 Summer Olympics are scheduled to run from 5 to 10 August at Le Bourget Sport Climbing Venue in Saint-Denis, returning to the program for the second time since the sport's official debut three years earlier in Tokyo 2020. The total number of medal events will double from two in the previous edition, separating the boulder-and-lead tandem from the speed format. Furthermore, Paris 2024 will witness a significant rise in the number of sport climbers competing contrary to Tokyo 2020, expanding the roster size from 40 to 68.