WADA updates its COVID-19 guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations

On 21 March, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued updated guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. WADA developed the guidance following consultation with ADOs, including National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), International Federations and Major Event Organizations as well as other organizations, such as the International Testing Agency (which is leading the pre-Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Task Force on behalf of the International Olympic Committee) and accredited laboratories, to determine how the anti-doping community can best...

Malta: Activities Suspended

The following message was published by UIAA full member Malta Climbing Club on 23 March. Due to the ever developing situation with the Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to suspend all club activities until further notice. This includes the club AGM, which is postponed to a later date which will be announced once the situation calms down. Please keep an eye on this website and on our social media page and group for the latest updates. Stay safe!...

NEWS FROM BULGARIA

The following update was published by the Bulgarian Climbing and Mountaineering Federation on 14 March. The original in Bulgarian can be found here. In connection with an order of the Minister of Health dated 13.03.2020, all events in the calendar of BFA planned to be held until March 29 are cancelled: All kinds of mass events, including sports, cultural and entertaining and scientific events (cinemas, theaters, concerts, museums, conferences, symposia, sports and SPA centers, gyms, etc.) shall...

UPDATES REGARDING THE 2020 CLIMBING SEASON IN NEPAL

The UIAA is sharing two communications regarding the 2020 climbing season in Nepal. The first is from UIAA member association, Nepal Mountaineering Association. The second is an article from the Kathmandu Post. NEPAL MOUNTAINEERING ASSOCIATION (NMA) The UIAA received the following communication from the NMA on 13 March: The COVID-19 outbreak has created a global threat; as a precautionary step, states are restricting entry to their boundaries. Taking into account the global recommendation and measures of the WHO,...

UIAA STATEMENT ON COVID-19

The President and the Executive team of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – wish to express their sincere sympathy with all of its member federations who in various degrees are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The UIAA encourages all member federations to continue observing strict compliance with the measures enforced by their respective national and regional authorities. In agreement with the Mountaineering Federation of North Macedonia, the UIAA has cancelled its spring meetings...

BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL SEEKS MOUNTAIN FILMS

UIAA member associations are informed that applications are open to submit films for the fourth edition of MFM - Mostra Filmes de Montanha, an international exhibition of mountain films, whose objective is to promote mountain culture, mountain sports and free access. Application closes on 20 April. The festival, a free event, is supported by the UIAA member association in Brazil, CBME – the Brazilian Mountain Hiking and Climbing Confederation. The festival was founded in the city of Foz...

ALPINISM AND UNESCO: RESOURCES FOR UIAA MEMBERS

Following a long campaign stretching back to 2009 when UIAA members were asked to lobby their respective governments, late last year, Alpinism was officially recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (please refer to the dedicated article). Cultural Heritage recognizes various traditions, expressions and the wealth of knowledge that are inherited and passed on to future generations and communities to be preserved and protected. The unique challenges, history and culture of Alpinism were...

KIROV CROWNS NEW YOUTH CHAMPIONS

The Russian city of Kirov played host to the UIAA World Youth Ice Climbing Championships this past weekend (6-8 March) and it proved to be a highly successful one for the home nation who took home all but three of the medals across all age categories. Athletes from eight countries competed at one of the staple venues of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour. There were some familiar faces back in action to defend their...

UIAA YOUTH COMMISSION REDEFINES FUTURE OBJECTIVES

The UIAA Youth Commission held its first 2020 meeting on 29 February in Cyprus, expertly hosted by the Cyprus Mountaineering Climbing & Orienteering Federation. Among those attending were President Mark Dennison (UK), Pavlos Georgiades, Niki Karoulla, Nektarios Vilandis (Cyprus), Tiberiu Pintilie (Romania), Barbara Bajer (Slovenia), Christian Baird (France) and Rob Adie (UIAA Office) via video link. The meeting opened with introductions from the delegates and a short presentation by the Vice President of the IOC Cyprus....