The major event will be organized by the University of Innsbruck together with Unisport Austria and the Austrian Climbing Federation and will take place from June 13 to 17 at the Kletterzentrum Innsbruck. Within the disciplines Lead, Boulder and Speed, participants will climb for the student World Champion titles.
"I see university sports as part of the educational mission of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. Sports support and promote health management and healthy lifestyles, are an excellent means of balancing high stress factors for students and help build contact networks in domestic and international sports" says SC Mag. Elmar Pichl of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research.
The last major international university sports event in Austria was the Winter Universiade in Innsbruck/Seefeld in 2005, when 11 sports were held and several records were broken with 2,223 participants and 1,149 athletes.
Pichl: "Austria as a whole is very active and successful in sport climbing. Therefore, it was obvious that we, together with the University of Innsbruck and the Climbing Federation Austria, submitted a bidding for a FISU World University Championship Sport Climbing in the fall of 2019, which was followed by the FISU award in the same year."
To date, FISU has hosted two World University Championships in Sport Climbing: 2016 in Shanghai (CHN) and 2018 in Bratislava (SVK). "The Austrian university sports organization Unisport Austria is part of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. We represent all students from all universities in Austria in national, European and international student sports. As a founding member of the European and international university sports organizations EUSA and FISU, we enable students to participate in continental and international University Championships and University Games," explains Dr. Hemma Angerer, Acting President of Unisport Austria.
Univ.Prof. Dr. Dr.hc.mult. Tilmann D. Märk, Rector of the University of Innsbruck, is looking forward to the big event: "University sport has a very high significance within the University of Innsbruck and has a 'showcase campus‘ with the USI Innsbruck. We are talking about 28,000 participants per academic year in over 1,000 courses. The concentrated competence of all players involved speaks for Innsbruck, the Innsbruck 2022 FISU World University Championship Sport Climbing will set a new benchmark."
The Innsbruck 2022 FISU World University Championship Sport Climbing will also be accompanied scientifically: In the framework of the "Research Seminar", the most diverse aspects of sport climbing will be researched.
"We are expecting over 250 athletes in Innsbruck and want to make the best possible use of the event in all areas. At the Kletterzentrum Innsbruck, with its infrastructure that is unique in the world, we can offer the perfect setting. A little less than a year before the start, we are very well on track with the planning," explains Mag. Gernot Hupfauf, General Manager of the Innsbruck 2022 FISU World University Championships Sport Climbing.
The event website has been launched in the meantime, and on the social media channels participants and fans are continuously informed about the latest developments.
"When the University of Innsbruck approached the Austrian Climbing Federation in 2019 with the request whether we could imagine implementing the FISU World University Championship Sport Climbing 2022 for the university, we were quickly convinced. The dual training of its athletes is particularly important to Austria Climbing, because after the sporting career follows a professional career. For this reason, wedecided to proactively contribute our event expertise to the preparation and implementation of this major event," says Michael Schöpf from the Austrian Climbing Federation.
Everyone involved agrees: Innsbruck-Tirol is ready for the Innsbruck 2022 FISU World University Championship Sport Climbing.
Official event-website: wucsportclimbing2022.at
Date of the event: 13. – 17 June 2022
Location: Kletterzentrum Innsbruck
Dr. Hemma Angerer – Acting President Unisport Austria & Head of the Organizing Committee
Mag. Manfred Pfeifer - Acting Secretary General Unisport Austria
HR Prof. Mag. Helmut Weichselbaumer – Head of University Sport Institute Innsbruck
Mag. Gernot Hupfauf – General Manager FISU WUC Sport Climbing Innsbruck 2022
Gernot Spitzenstätter, MBA – Austria Climbing
Mag. Michael Schöpf – Austria Climbing