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World Military Climbing Championship concludes with a closing ceremony in Vipava

The Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) hosted the closing and medal ceremonies at the Janko Premrl Vojko Barracks in Vipava, Slovenia, on Friday 23 June, marking the end of the International Military Sports Council (CISM) World Military Climbing Championship, which came out very successful for Slovenian climbers. The keynote speech at the closing ceremony was delivered by Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Major General Robert Glavaš.

According to Major General Glavaš, we should bear in mind that this World Championships was much more than just about competition and individual victories. It was an opportunity to share experiences, build mutual trust and establish lasting international links. It brought the realisation that we all constitute one system, where cooperation is key to achieving common goals, added Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces.

On the last day of the competition, Friday 23 June, lead and boulder finals were held in both male and female categories.

World champion and vice-champion in lead climbing were two Slovenian female climbers, Mia Krampl and Vita Lukan respectively. The bronze went to Julia Chanourdie of France.

Sascha Lehmann of Switzerland became world champion in lead climbing. Luka Potočar of Slovenia became vice-champion, while Italy's Marcello Bombardi came third.

Janja Garnbret was crowned world champion in bouldering in the female category, joined on the podium by Giorgia Tesio of Italy with silver and Flavy Cohaut of France with bronze.

Among male climbers, Mickael Mawemi of France is the world champion in bouldering. Sascha Lehmann of Switzerland won silver and Luka Potočar of Slovenia won bronze.

On Thursday, 22 June, the speed climbing competition ended. Patrycja Chudziak of Poland was crowned world champion in speed climbing. She was joined on the podium by Sofiia Hladka of Ukraine with silver and Lison Gautron of France with bronze.

Among male climbers, Kostiantyn Pavlenko of Ukraine was crowned world champion in speed climbing. Guillaume Moro of France won silver and Yaroslav Tkach of Ukraine bronze medals.

Over 100 participants from 12 countries took part in the International Military Sports Council (Conseil International du Sport Militaire / CISM) World Military Climbing Championship, organised by the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF), held from 19 to 24 June. Competitors in both male and female categories competed in all three sport climbing disciplines, namely lead, speed and boulder. All competitions took place in Koper, where the opening ceremony was also held.

The Slovenian Armed Forces has been an active member of CISM since 1992. The CISM World Military Sport Climbing Championship is also an opportunity to strengthen the Slovenian Armed Forces' reputation in the world and to promote Slovenia's natural beauties.

The Championship was open to active CISM member countries, and only active military personnel were eligible to participate in the competition. It was conducted in accordance with the CISM Regulations (Edition Dec 2021), the CISM Climbing Regulation (Edition 2019) and the rules of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) (Edition March 2022).

Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces commanded the competitors on their outstanding performances and stressed that the climbers are fighting for victory just like soldiers for world peace expressed his satisfaction.

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