Opening Ceremony for IFSC Events are not mandatory. However, if any, the formal Ceremonies should be held without an entertainment component. If the event organiser decides to host an opening Ceremony, all the IOC flags of the attending Countries must be displayed.
Awarding ceremony must be provided as a formal conclusion of the IFSC Event.
The Award Ceremony at the end of the competition, which shall be organized immediately after the final heats, shall comply with the usual IOC protocol for such events. Differently from the IOC protocol, English is the only mandatory language for the IFSC ceremonies, with other languages as warranted or desired.
National anthem playing and raising flags ceremonies are mandatory. Event Organiser shall conduct a rehearsal of the award ceremony prior to the competition in order to test all the possible problems. The IFSC Venue Delegate is in charge or supervising and managing the Awarding Ceremony. During the final rounds the Event Organiser is advised to implement a “leader corner”. No alcohol will be allowed on the stage during the awarding ceremony.
In case the Award Ceremony is staggered later than immediately after the final round, a “Presentation of the Podium” or similar pre-award ceremony shall be organized immediately after the last climber performance.
Only items listed in the IOC protocol shall be displayed during the official award ceremony and consequently, commercial displays are forbidden. However, the “presentation of the podium” offers both athletes and the EO a greater margin of flexibility during this time (i.e presentation of shoes, flags, commercial items).
In any case all award ceremonies schedule shall be approved by the IFSC Venue Delegate.
Please note that Paraclimbing awarding ceremony follows a different regulation, it should be checked here
Closing ceremony is not compulsory for IFSC events. If any, the Closing Ceremony normally will take place immediately after the Medal Awarding Ceremony. The following persons in the following order normally give speeches:
All social events held in connection with the event are to be included in the contract between the IFSC and the Event Organiser. Any such sporting or cultural or entertainment events will require the approval of the IFSC in advance of the competition.