IFSC President Marco Scolaris spoke at the IFSC Climbing Summit ©IFSC

The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) has held its second edition of the IFSC Climbing Summit at Nuvola Lavazza in Turin, where members welcomed the sport's first Olympic gold medallist Janja Garnbret.

The two-day event was opened by the Mayor of Turin, Stefano Lo Russo, and brought together delegates from 35 National Federations.

IFSC President Marco Scolaris focused on the athletes in his opening speech, noting the achievements of the Slovenian Garnbret.

Paraclimbing Committee athlete representative Lucia Capovilla of Italy, Tokyo 2020 Olympian Sean McColl of Canada and former athlete Jérôme Meyer of France were all in attendance too.

Strategy, governance, events, media and development of sport climbing were presented and discussed during the Summit.

Master of Ceremonies Peter Stafford interviewed Garnbret, who later joined a panel that included IFSC treasurer Pierre You.

IFSC vice-presidents Kobinata Toru and Wolfgang Wabel were joined by Athletes' Commission vice-president Sean McColl and founder and managing director of European Championships Management Paul Bristow to discuss the Munich 2022 European Championships.

IFSC spoke to Slovenian Janja Garnbret, the sport's first Olympic champion ©Getty Images
IFSC spoke to Slovenian Janja Garnbret, the sport's first Olympic champion ©Getty Images

They then discussed Paris 2024 with Vincent Caussé, sport manager for sport climbing.

"We need to focus on consolidating and improving," said IFSC President Scolaris. 

"We need to do it together. 

"The lesson from this Climbing Summit is that we are learning from each other, and as far as we can learn, we are alive."

Updates were given by Warner Bros. Discovery too on the positive feedback on the IFSC World Cup Series broadcasts.

IFSC Research and Development director Silvia Verdolini finished off with another presentation on the organisation's education programme.

Scolaris, IFSC secretary general Debra Gawrych and IFSC general director Piero Rebaudengo spoke in a closing address.