Climbing: World Federation apologizes to Frber for voyeuristic close-ups

“The IFSC would like to deeply apologize to Johanna Frber, the Austrian Climbing Association and the entire sport climbing community for the images shown during the bouldering semi-finals,” he said. he said in a statement. After Frber’s first attempt, in a slow-motion mid-cut, the butt of the athlete standing in front of the bouldering wall could be seen formatively and completely unrelated to athletic competition. On the climber’s black shorts, one could see handprints apparently made of magnesium.

After protests on social networks, the world association entered the scene and stressed that it condemned “making the human body an object”. At the same time, the association promised “to take broad measures to put an end to this and that athletes are protected”. IFSC President Marco Scolaris reacted annoyed by the recent incident and said he was referring to earlier sexist images of female athletes. “How often do you have to do something wrong before we learn to do it right?” “

Only a few months ago, the athlete from Graz was seen derisively during a competition. Because, according to media reports, Frber’s butt was seen in close-up for a few seconds during the ORF World Cup broadcast in Innsbruck, Frber let his anger take its course on social media. She described the clip as “disrespectful and angry” and stressed, “I am an athlete and I want to show my best performance. To be honest, I’m embarrassed that thousands of people have seen these scenes. We have to stop the women. in sports are sexualizing and starting to appreciate their accomplishments, ”she wrote on Instagram. The ORF then apologizes.

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