International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup and World Championship events will be shown on its platforms

IFSC Discovery sport climbing

Discovery has agreed a three-year broadcast deal with the International Federation of Sport Climbing. 

As a result, the IFSC World Cup and World Championship events will be shown on discovery+*, the Eurosport App and Eurosport’s linear channels. The content will aim to raise the profile of the athletes involved as the sport looks to build on its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

In addition to live broadcasts on Discovery’s platforms, the IFSC will continue to show delayed free streaming of events on the Olympic Channel. These will be available 24 hours after each round of an event.

The 2022 IFSC World Cup Series starts with the IFSC Boulder World Cup in Meiringen, Switzerland, scheduled from 8 to 10 April in the eastern Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. 

IFSC president Marco Scolaris said: “More than anything, our agreement with Discovery will raise the profile of our sport and our athletes, which should result in greater sponsorship opportunities for all climbers around the world.

2022 IFSC World Cup Series schedule

8-10 April – Meiringen (SUI) – Boulder
6-8 May – Seoul (KOR) – Boulder, Speed
20-22 May – Salt Lake City (USA) – Boulder
27-29 May – Salt Lake City (USA) – Boulder, Speed
10-12 June – Brixen (ITA) – Boulder
22-25 June – Innsbruck (AUT) – Boulder, Lead
30 June-2 July – Villars (SUI) – Lead, Speed
8-10 July – Chamonix (FRA) – Lead, Speed
22-23 July – Briançon (FRA) – Lead
2-3 September – Koper (SLO) – Lead
24-26 September – Jakarta (INA) – Lead, Speed
30 September-2 October – Wujiang (CHN) – Lead, Speed
6-9 October – Chongqing (CHN) – Boulder & Lead
October – TBD location in Japan – Boulder

“We are confident that partnering with Discovery will help solidify our position as one of the fastest-growing Olympic sports and, thanks to the greater exposure, will lead more and more people to become interested in not only watching Climbing, but also trying it out.”

Trojan Paillot, VP of sports rights acquisition and syndication at Discovery Sports, added: “Sport Climbing proved incredibly popular with audiences watching across our platforms during the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year, proving attractive to new and different audiences than some of those who already enjoy watching the sport and demonstrating its potential for engagement and growth.

“We are delighted to be able to showcase the best of the sport for the next three years on discovery+ and Eurosport’s channels and platforms. Discovery has built an enviable reputation for helping to grow sports and events and taking them to wider audiences and we look forward to taking this sport to more people across Europe in the lead-up to Paris 2024.”