Ice Climbing World Cups in Russia Cancelled
The ice climbing world cup season has officially come to an end with the announcement
The final two ice climbing world cups of the 2021/22 season have been cancelled. The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a statement that they “urge all International Sports Federations to relocate or cancel their sports events currently planned in Russia or Belarus.”
The announcement by the IOC led to the UIAA‘s executive board’s deciding to end the season now: “It has decided that, in the interest of the safety of all participants and to maintain the integrity of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, the two remaining UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup events scheduled to take place in Russia between now and the end of the 2021-22 season are cancelled.”
The UIAA president Peter Muir added, “The UIAA makes it clear that it condemns in the strongest possible terms any and all use of state or individual violence in pursuit of any aim or for the purpose of the settlement of perceived or actual disputes such as the current Russian actions against Ukraine.”
The only Canadian who was on the roster to compete was B.C.-based Gord McArthur, who had a number of top-five finishes at the European Cup earlier this season. Watch highlights from the Ouray ice climbing world cup stop in January below.