Sep 11, 2014

Eyeing gold, India’s Mani in final round of Paraclimbing World Championship

Manikandan Kumar, paraclimbing world champion-2012 is aiming to repeat his record as he qualifies to the final stage at Paraclimbing World Championship 2014 in Gijon, Spain.


The Outdoor Journal

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Bangalore-based Manikandan Kumar, India’s only paraclimbing world champion is through to the final round at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Paraclimbing World Championship 2014. The international competition, held once every two years, witnessed Mani grabbing the top spot in 2012 in Bercy Village, Paris, France.

10616646_724837714232126_7246900946661916091_nAt the semi-finals held in Gijon, Spain this year, there were two qualifying routes in Mani’s category (MEN Neurological Physical Disability A). He topped both routes, along with France’s Mathieu Besnard and Iran’s Behnam Khalaji. Mani is due to face the final round on Saturday, September 13.

Commenting on his feat, Mani told The Outdoor Journal from Spain, “This i10645263_724837814232116_189307958709956154_ns my second consecutive world championship reaching to the finals and I’m quite confident of winning a medal.”

The IFSC is an international non-governmental, non-profit organisation, headquartered in Torino, Italy, with an objective of promoting and developing climbing competitions around the world. The Paraclimbing World Championship is part of the IFSC Climbing World Championship 2014 (Lead, Speed, Paraclimbing). The event is held every two years.

The finals for the Paraclimbing World Championship will take place on Saturday, September 13 between 17h00 and 21h00 (GMT +2) and can be viewed via live streaming here