Everything you need to know about IFSC Climbing European Championships 2020

Your one-stop shop for the Moscow event, which will be streamed live on Olympic Channel, including latest news, schedule, athletes to watch and more!

By Andrew Binner

The sport climbing European Championships will begin this weekend in Moscow, November 21-28, and two Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying berths are up for grabs.

The competition was originally planned for March, but it was pushed back to June in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

With Russia being one of the worst-affected countries in the world, another postponement to October followed while the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) assessed the health and safety risks, before eventually confirming that the championships would take place in November.

You can follow the event live on Olympic Channel here.

Take a look at our guide below, including latest news, format, schedule and athletes to watch.


Earlier this month, Austria and France made the decision to withdraw their athletes' participation from the event due to COVID-19 concerns and travel restrictions.

While France have already filled their country quota of four climbers for the Games in Bassa Mawem, Mickael Mawem, Julia Chanourdie and Anouck Jaubert.

However the decision would have been more difficult for Austria, who have two available quota places on the team next to stars Jakob Schubert and Jessy Pilz.


For the first time ever at the European champs, the athletes will have their scores combined as per the Olympic format.

Subsequently, it will be the first time since 2008 that winners in all three disciplines (lead, bouldering and speed) will be decided in the same location. In recent times, the bouldering location has differed from that of the lead and speed events.

Sport climbing Olympic qualification

Sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the European Championships will serve as a qualification event.

Two quota places will be on offer, including one in the men's competition and one in the women's.

Only a few qualification berths remain, with the majority of athletes having secured their place in at the Games at the 2019 Combined World Championships in Hachioji, Japan, the World Qualifying event in Toulouse, France, and the Pan American continental qualifier earlier this year.

The Africa, Asia, and Oceania events are due to take place in December and will also see one man and one woman qualify from each.

If continental competitions can not be held this year, the IFSC has confirmed it will use rankings from the 2019 World Championships to allocate the remaining Tokyo 2020 quota places.

Athletes to watch

With Europe's top climbers like Janja Garnbret, Jakob Schubert, Shauna Coxey, Jessica Pilz, Mia Krampl, and Adam Ondra having already qualified for the Olympics, the European champs will see the final two European athletes earn their place.

Slovenia's Jernej Kruder was the top male European finisher at the 2019 world championships who did not qualify for the Olympics. This means that should the European Championships be called off for any reason, he will be selected automatically as the final male qualifier.

With the event likely to take place this time round though, his finish at the world champs indicates that he is one of the favourites to win in Moscow.

Ukraine's Ievgeniia Kazbekova was the highest-placed female finisher at the world champs not to qualify, but will not take part in Moscow after contracting coronavirus.

Elsewhere, Britain's Molly Thompson-Smith and Will Bosi will be quietly confident of their chances, while Germany's Alma Bestvater, who was injured when the European champs were supposed to take place over summer, will be looking to grab this new opportunity with both hands.

Staša Gejo of Serbia missed out on both Hachioji and Toulouse last year due to injury, and will be another looking to make his mark this time round in Russia.

IFSC Climbing European Championships 2020 Schedule (CET+2)

Saturday 21st November

14.00            Speed Qualifications

18.30            Speed Finals

                      Following Award Ceremony

Sunday 22nd November

9.00            Women's Boulder Qualifications

16.00          Men's Boulder Qualifications 

Monday 23rd November

11.00            Boulder Semi-Finals

16.45            Women's Boulder Finals

18:30            Men's Boulder Finals

                      Following Award Ceremony 

Tuesday 24th November

11.00            Lead Qualifications

Wednesday 25th November

11.00        Lead Semi-Finals 

19.00           Women's Lead Finals

20.00          Men's Lead Finals

                     Following Award Ceremony 

Thursday 26th November

Rest day

Friday 27th November


10.00           Speed Qualifications

11.30           Boulder Qualifications

18.00          Lead Qualifications

Saturday 28th November


15.50           Women's Speed Finals

16.30           Men's Speed Finals

17.30           Women's Boulder Finals

19.00          Men's Boulder Finals

21.00          Women's Lead Finals

After            Men's Lead Finals

                    Following Award Ceremony

Where to watch

The IFSC Climbing European Championships 2020 will be streamed live on Olympic Channel


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