International Indoor Climbing World Cup - Jordan
Climbat Amman, the first indoor climbing center in Jordan and the Middle East, has recently hosted the “International Indoor Climbing World Cup” in Jordan for the first time in the Middle East. The world cup competitions took place at the center’s premises in Marj Al Haman on Thursday October 20th, 2011 and ends on Friday October 21st, 2011 and it was attended by more than 1,200 spectators.
In this occasion, Mr. Sharaf Kilani, the owner and general manager of the Climbat Amman Center, expressed his gratitude for hosting the International Indoor Climbing World Cup – Jordan 2011 for the first time as this event would reinforce the importance of such sport. It is worth mentioning that a total of 30 climbers from Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Austria, Belgium, China, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia and Slovenia have participated in the International Indoor Climbing World Cup – Jordan this year.
Mr. Kilani explained that 8 male contestants and 9 female contestants made it to the final round of the competition; the criteria of selection is based on choosing those who made it up to the highest point without falling while climbing their route in a period that does not exceed 6 minutes. The participants are assessed by an International Jury that is nominated by the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), where the jury selects 3 male winners and 3 female winners at the final round.
At this stage of the International World Cup for Indoor Climbing – Jordan, the winner of the first place from the males participating in the competition is Jakob Schubert from Austria, whereas the second place winner is Ramón Julian Puigblanque from Spain and the third place winner from France, Manuel Romain. As for the females, the first two well deserved places were won by the contestants from Slovenia Mina Markovic and Maja Vidmar respectively, and the third place was a tie between Momoka Oda from Japan and Jain Kim.
The indoor climbing sport is a unique and distinctive one as it engages the climber with a lot of fun and entertainment. Climbat Amman Center caters for all ages and the halls are especially equipped to imitate the natural mountains’ environment, including the challenges and difficulties that one would face while hiking and climbing outdoors. Yet, the center meets all safety standards that make our walls, tools and equipments trustworthy for all people practicing in such a sport.
Mr. Vincent Caussé, the Technical Delegate representing the IFSC said: “We consider Jordan as one of the most important hubs in this year's International Indoor Climbing World Cup given the fact that it is the first country in the Middle East to have an indoor climbing center. Climbat Amman has grabbed the attention of other countries in the region to such sport as Lebanon has recently launched its indoor climbing center, which is a good start.”
This event was sponsored by Grand Hyatt Hotel, Al Markaziya, Roya TV, Al Khaleej Kuwait newspaper, Red Bull, Al Faridah for Speciliazed Publications (U men, Viva, JO, Venture, On Campus and Majalitna) as well as Sunny FM and Play FM.