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Covid Cancels World Cups Again, Kranj is Next

No Janja Garnbret or Adam Ondra at next lead world cup

As a result of the ongoing Covid pandemic, the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) and the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) have announced the cancellation of two world cups in China in the 2021 season.

The IFSC Lead and Speed World Cup in Xiamen from Oct. 15 to 17, and the IFSC Boulder and Speed World Cup in Wujiang from Oct. 22 to 24 will no longer take place. Therefore, the World Cup in Kranj, Slovenia, will see the closing of the Lead season from Sept. 3 to 4, and the Boulder season will conclude in Seoul, South Korea, from Oct. 1 to 3. The finale of the shortened Speed season remains undisrupted, from Oct. 30 to 31.

IFSC President Marco Scolaris said: “After a disrupted 2020 season, thanks to the efforts of our staff, officials, event organisers, athletes, and National Federations, the 2021 season has been able to go ahead successfully so far. However, the pandemic is still very real and therefore, we’re disappointed that due to Covid the world cups in Xiamen and Wujiang will not go ahead in October. We thank our friends at the CMA for their support and hope that Sport Climbing will return to China in 2022.”

At the Kranj World Cup, Olympians Alberto Ginés López and Jakob Schubert will compete, but not Adam Ondra or Janja Garnbret. No Canadians are listed on the roster to compete, but Sean Bailey and Natalia Grossman are two of 10 Team USA climber who’ll be there.