USA Climbing Postpones Championship Event Due To Coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020, 5:49 PM | Updated: Feb 12, 2023, 6:01 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – USA Climbing has postponed its National Open Championship because of coronavirus concerns. The event was planned in Salt Lake City this Friday and Saturday.

The Championships were looked at as UAS Climbing’s big coming out party for Salt Lake City after the team relocated to Utah from Colorado last year.

Also, since climbing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020, interest in the sport is sky high. However, the team’s Board of Directors decided to postpone the event until coronavirus risks decrease.

“It was difficult. Our board spent over three hours on an emergency board call,” said Marc Norman, the CEO of USA Climbing. “We really tried to kind of play out all the scenarios. I especially feel bad for the Front climbing gym.”

The Front is opening a new climbing facility in Salt Lake, and the Open Championships were set to be held there as part of the launch.

“If something did occur and it came back, then you’d look like what a terrible decision, so if that’s what you keep coming back to, you got to say maybe now is the time to cancel it,” said Norman.

Four climbers on Team USA have already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“We’re just going to cross our fingers that the games go off without any concerns of the coronavirus,” said Norman.

That remains the biggest question in Tokyo.

Organizers said the Olympics are still scheduled as planned, without a thought to changing or postponing the Games.

“Today, in the meeting of the executive board, neither the word cancellation or the word postponement was even mentioned. And, of course, we are a responsible organization,” said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.

Bach said they have had several conversations about the impact of coronavirus on the game.

We are in contact with all of these leading experts,” he said. “The World Health Organization is a member of the joint task force. We have our own task force within the IOC with experts. The organizing committee has a task force – and then we are getting together in the joint task force. Based on this information, and on this consultation, we are fully committed to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

As for USA Climbing, they still hope to hold the Open Championships later in the year.

Even though the decision was a difficult one, Nelson said it’s better to be safe and plan for it down the line.

“We can regroup, we can look forward, and we can make it happen,” he said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Olympic Utah

This week on Sunday Edition Doug Wright looks at the latest developments for Utah's Olympic bid....

Sunday Edition: Utah’s Olympic Bid, Midterm Elections

This week on Sunday Edition Doug Wright looks at the latest developments for Utah's Olympic bid.
2 months ago
One the of climbers in the training camp climbing a wall. (KSL-TV's Alex Cabrero)...
Alex Cabrero

USA Climbing Camp for Paris 2024 begins in Salt Lake City

As the Summer 2024 Olympic Games draws closer, those athletes looking to participate begin their training. 
2 months ago
The Salt Lake City valley buildings are seen with the Olympic rings on the mountain behind the city...
Hugo Rikard-Bell, KSLNewsRadio

Japan’s paused Olympic bid will not affect Salt Lake’s

Salt Lake City’s chief Olympic rival, Sapporo, Japan is taking a break in its bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics.
3 months ago
FILE: General View as the Olympic Flame burns during the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Salt Lake Cit...
Eddie Pells, AP National Writer

Fewer locations, besides Salt Lake City, want to host Winter Olympics

It’s becoming nearly impossible to find any place, outside of Salt Lake City, that truly wants to host these events.
3 months ago
The Salt Lake City valley buildings are seen with the Olympic rings on the mountain behind the city...
Karah Brackin

Utah may be considered for 2030, 2034 winter Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee wrapped up three days of meetings on Wednesday. During that time, they discussed everything from rotating the Olympic Games within a pool of host cities to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Utah may be an option for future winter games.
3 months ago
World Cup Short-track Speedskating event in Salt Lake another example Utah is ready for a future Ol...
Alex Cabrero

World Cup speedskating event shows Utah is ready for future Olympics

World Cup short track speedskating event in Salt Lake showcases that Utah is ready to hold possible upcoming Olympic Games.
5 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
USA Climbing Postpones Championship Event Due To Coronavirus