At the beginning of the highly anticipated opening event, all athletes, and coaches of the 20 participating nations marched in on the main stage with their national flags. The procession was musically accompanied by the students of the University Mozarteum Salzburg.
After the welcome speech of the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Polaschek, who was connected via video, and the words of the Chairwoman of the Organizing Committee and Unisport Austria Acting President, Dr. Hemma Angerer, Kemal Tamer from the International University Sports Federation (FISU) took over the conclusion of the speeches. The Vice-Rector of the University of Innsbruck, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Wolfgang Streicher, then officially opened the FISU World University Championship Sport Climbing.
Laura Stöckler (ÖAV Haag) took the oath on behalf of all participating athletes. Bernhard Steindler took over the same part for all technical officials. Thus, nothing stands in the way of an exciting climbing week in Innsbruck. "For me it was a special moment and a great honor to be allowed to speak the oath. For us athletes the opening ceremony was a very cool start, which we enjoyed very much. But now our focus is on the sports part," Stöckler explained.
"We are very happy that it is finally starting. The last few days were very intense again, but we had a great start to the FISU World University Championship with a great opening ceremony. A big thank you to the University Mozarteum Salzburg and Martin Grubinger, who provided a worthy ceremony. Starting tomorrow, the focus is on sports, and we are looking forward to many emotions and great climbing," reported event organizer Julia Pinggera.
Symbiosis of sport and music
In addition to the University of Innsbruck, several other universities are also involved in the FISU World University Championship, adding a special touch to the event with student projects. While the medals were created as part of a course at the University of Art in Linz, the University Mozarteum Salzburg took on an important role at the official opening ceremony on Monday evening.
The University Mozarteum Salzburg was able to win Martin Grubinger, who has mastered nearly 500 instruments, for the ceremony at the Climbing Center Innsbruck, a proven expert and world-renowned musical artist. The 39-year-old performs in the largest international concert halls and venues and has inspired thousands of people with his impressive musical performances throughout his career.
The Thalgau resident, who is one of the best marimba players in the world, has been a university professor for classical percussion/multi-percussion in Salzburg since 2018 and framed the opening ceremony with four of his students and an impressive performance.
"Yesterday we were still playing in the Vienna Konzerthaus, and today we were allowed to perform at the opening ceremony with this impressive backdrop. Our performance gave us a lot of pleasure. For us it was a more than successful evening, and I hope that this positive energy will be felt at the competitions in the coming days. I think the idea of involving students everywhere is really great, and it is also lived in practice. For us it was very quickly clear that we wanted to do our part for this great event together with the University Mozarteum Salzburg," explained Grubinger, who was supported by his students, after the successful opening ceremony.
The kickoff will be on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 09:00 with the qualification of the women and men in the lead climbing. In the afternoon, the speed specialists will start at 18:00 with the qualification, before the first medals of the FISU World University Championship will be awarded in the big speed final at 20:15.