Mina Markovic will be a leading contender in the women's competition ©IFSC

Reigning champion Mina Markovic will be among the favourites when the International Sport Climbing Federation (IFSC) World Cup begins in Chamonix tomorrow.

The Slovenian also won in Charmonix last year and will be bidding to continue her good form in the lead events.

Her team-mate, Janja Garnbret, finished in a podium position in all three events in which she competed last year, and will be looking to continue her rapid development.

Three-time world champion Jain Kim of South Korea will be bidding to improve upon her second place finish last year.

Jessica Pilz of Austria will be seeking to improve upon third place in 2015.

The men's field should be more open given the absence of Czech star Adam Ondra, the rankings winner last year.

France's Gautier Supper will be home favourite and could be a leading contender after earning a first World Cup victory last year.

Gautier Supper of France will be one of the leading men's favourites ©IFSC
Gautier Supper of France will be one of the leading men's favourites ©IFSC

Slovenia's Domen Skofic and Austrian veteran Jakob Schubert will also fancy their chances.

Libor Hroza will be seeking Czech victory in the men's speed event, with Iran's Reza Alipourshenazandifar and Russia's Dmitrii Timofeev among others with a big opportunity.

Iuliia Kaplina of Russia will be seeking to become the first woman to win three consecutive Speed World Cups since the formation of the IFSC in 2007.

Chonqing and Nanjing runner-ups Klaudia Buczek of Poland and Alla Marenych of Ukraine will be among her biggest rivals.

Action is set to begin tomorrow before ending on Tuesday (July 12)

It marks another opportunity for climbing to showcase itself as it seeks to be added to the Olympic programme at Tokyo 2020.