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  • IFSC World Cup in Briancon to receive highest ever international broadcasting coverage


    08/21/20

    Briançon - August 21, 2020

    The first IFSC World Cup of the 2020 Sport Climbing season in Briançon (FRA) is set to appear on screens around the world this weekend and over the coming weeks, thanks to the numerous broadcasting deals secured by the International Federation of Sport Climbing.

    Indeed, compared to last year’s World Cup in Briançon, the number of broadcasting deals signed by the IFSC increased by 38%, setting a new highest record.

    IFSC President Mr Marco Maria Scolaris said:

    "The world needs sports. The IFSC is proud to give the stage here in Briançon (FRA) to our athletes who were able to travel and participate in the event. The battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, but we want to give hope to those who are fighting and those who cannot travel. May the images of our athletes climbing inspire our world.”

    LIVE BROADCASTING

    Live coverage of the women’s and men’s finals is to be provided by: NBC Olympic Channel Home of Team USA; French TV channel L’Equipe, online; Japanese network J-Sports; and Czech national public broadcaster CTV Sports. In Slovenia, the women’s finals will also be broadcast live on August 22, with the men’s final airing delayed-as-live later the same evening, at 10:50 PM. Replays of the two events are scheduled on August 23 and 25.

    ESPN Latin America will stream the event live on their OTT platform, as well as offering television coverage of the competition. Finally, both semis and finals of the IFSC World Cup in Briançon will be live streamed by the Olympic Channel.

    UNITED STATES AUDIENCE

    Sport Climbing fans that would like to enjoy the competition from the United States can watch semifinals on the Olympic Channel, while women’s and men’s finals will be broadcasted by NBC Olympic Channel Home of Team USA, which will also re-transmit the event delayed-as-live in late August and early September.

    The streaming of both finals will be geoblocked for the United States’ audience on YouTube and on the Olympic Channel.

    DELAYED PROGRAM

    Other broadcasters will ensure a delayed broadcast of the event: Taiwanese channels VL Sports and ELTA TV, Japanese channel NHK and French network Canal Plus.

    IFSC PLATFORMS

    On the IFSC’s YouTube channel, both semifinals and finals are going to be streamed live, and the whole programming will also be available on-demand. Following the competition, Chinese fans will be able to enjoy the full program on the IFSC’s Weibo profile, while Douyin will focus on highlights and stand-out performances.

    Competition schedule:
    Friday, August 21 at 7:30 PM (UTC+2:00): Semifinals Men and Women
    Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 (UTC+2:00): Finals Women
    Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 (UTC+2:00): Finals Men
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    For more information:
    Marco Vettoretti, IFSC Media Officer
    marco.vettoretti@ifsc-climbing.org
    +39 371 4155701

    About the IFSC: The International Federation of Sport Climbing is the international governing body of Sport Climbing. It was founded on January 27, 2007 as a continuation of the International Council for Competition Climbing, which was founded 10 years earlier, in 1997. As a non-profit organisation, the objectives of the IFSC are the direction, regulation, promotion and development of Sport Climbing competitions all around the world.

    Sport Climbing will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, and it's been provisionally included in the programme of Paris 2024. In 2018, two medal events in Sport Climbing were contested at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

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