World-class climbers show skill as they touch new heights
Gaurav Kumar, a resident of Delhi, has been training in climbing for the past two years. When he arrived in Navi Mumbai to participate in the IFSC World Cup of Climbing, he realised the tough competition.
“I have been training for the past 2 years in the sport. We get five minutes to clear five blocks. With players from around the world here, the competition standard is very high,” said Kumar.
IFSC World Cup of Climbing began Cidco Exhibition Center in Vashi on Friday and will conclude on Monday. Tickets are available at the venue and are priced at Rs200.
Climbing is being introduced as a new sport in the Asian Games 2018 and is short listed as a new sport for the Olympics in 2020. Around 200 athletes from across the world are giving the spectators an amazing display of skill and technique of the sport.
Prashant Kayarath, an organiser, said: “This is a great experience for the participants and also for spectators. People earlier climbed only mountains but the artificial structure is a challenge. It is also a great fitness sport.”
In recent years, IFSC registered a 50% increase in the number of climbing gyms across the world.
Franco Linhares, president of the world cup organising committee, said, “We are proud to have the opportunity to conduct the world cup in India. It is a privilege to have some of the best climbers from across the globe compete in India for the first time at an event of such magnitude. We would like to urge the people to come out and watch, support and be a part of
this world cup.”
At the recently concluded IFSC Asian Youth
Championships, India bagged four medals in various climbing disciplines.
We are proud to have the opportunity to conduct the world cup in India. It is a privilege to have some of the best climbers from across the globe compete in India. FRANCO LINHARES, president of the world cup organising committee
Participants in action at the IFSC World Cup of Climbing which began at Cidco Exhibition Center in Vashi on Saturday.