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Over 200 Climbers for First Paraclimbing World Cup of 2018

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The first Paraclimbing Cup of 2018 takes place on July 18 and over 200 athletes from 31 nations will compete in Briançon (FRA) and Arco (ITA) on July 20 to 21 and July 27 to 28 , the next IFSC World Cup events.

Nine months after Sheffield, Paraclimbing season champions return to action in Briançon.

Top visually impaired climbers include Francisco Javier Aguilar Amoedo (ESP), John Churcher (GBR), Tanja Glusic (SLO) and Sabine Ladel (FRA).

There will be leg amputee Julien Gasc (FRA), forearm amputees Kevin Bartke (GER), Ismael Ewan Sanchez Mcilroy (ESP) and Melinda Vigh (HUN), and in the RP categories (limited range, power, stability) Hannah Baldwin (GBR), Mathieu Besnard (FRA) and Mor Michael Sapir (ISR). All were season champions last year and are back on the start list.

Be sure to follow Briançon winner Urko Carmona Barandiaran (ESP) as well, who topped every problem last year for gold.

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The IFSC has been hosting paraclimbing competitions since 2006, when the first international event saw athletes from four National Federations compete in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

The movement has grown in recent years, with a regular circuit being added to the IFSC calendar from 2010 and World Championships taking place from July 2011.

It has become tradition that the Paraclimbing World Championships run alongside the World Championships, promoting athletes with a disability on the same stage as other athletes.

Proud of the growth of the paraclimbing community and the standard of competitions, the IFSC remains dedicated to developing and strengthening the competitions and support available to athletes.