|Venue: Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Centre, Moscow Dates: 21-29 November|
|Coverage: Live on BBC Sport web site & BBC iPlayer 25 November: 16:00-18:10 GMT; 28 November: 12:40-20:20 GMT|
British climbers Molly Thompson-Smith and Will Bosi admit they’re ready to threat publicity to Covid-19 to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
The European Championships, in Moscow till 29 November, supply their final probability to qualify for the Games.
Quite a few athletes have pulled out of the occasion, involved over well being dangers.
“It’s a risk and there are due to be spectators at the event, which makes me a bit uncomfortable,” Thompson-Smith advised BBC Sport.
“It’s definitely going to be a strange one, but I’m motivated. It’s my job as an athlete to compete and I’m confident with the precautions GB Climbing have taken.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged the rising coronavirus mortality price within the nation was “alarming” after 456 deaths had been recorded on Wednesday.
Although eligible to compete, no climbers who’ve already certified for the Tokyo Games will likely be there, with world champion and gold medal favorite Janja Garnbret amongst these saying it might be “wrong” to attend given the present state of affairs.
There have been widespread requires the occasion to be cancelled, which might imply the ultimate Olympic locations can be determined by outcomes previous to the pandemic.
That would deny Thompson-Smith and Bosi the possibility to hitch Britain’s Shauna Coxsey within the sport’s Olympic debut subsequent summer season.
While trying to make the most of the possibility in Moscow, the pair are uncomfortable with the state of affairs.
“With it being an Olympic qualifier, I want it to be fair, I want it to have equal opportunity and currently it’s not fair as there are many nations missing,” mentioned England’s Thompson-Smith.
Bosi, who has spoken to a few of his worldwide rivals in regards to the state of affairs, mentioned that “usually everyone is 100% psyched whereas with this competition they’re worried about things”.
The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), the game’s worldwide governing physique, says there will likely be vital “safety, prevention and risk management practices” in operation all through the competitors.
In addition to observing social distancing measures and often utilizing hand sanitiser, GB climbers are taking most of their very own meals out to Russia and avoiding public transport.
Scottish climber Bosi mentioned he was in “peak” situation for the unique qualifier in March earlier than coronavirus pressured its postponement, including that the gruelling schedule on the European Championships will likely be a “challenge”.
The occasion consists of 4 totally different competitions with particular person occasions for every of the climbing disciplines – velocity, bouldering and lead – in addition to a separate mixed occasion, which carries the only real Olympic place for ladies and men.
In order to qualify for the mixed occasion, athletes should rank within the prime 12 after scores from every of the person occasions are totalled collectively for total standings.
“I haven’t competed all year and now I’m uncertain to where I am physically, so I feel like I’m almost rolling a dice and anything could happen, but I’m so happy to have the opportunity,” Bosi advised BBC Sport.
For Thompson-Smith, the delay to the Olympic qualification occasion, in addition to the Tokyo Games, is a “huge positive” as she continues her return from a long-term harm.
“At the end of 2017 I needed reconstructive surgery on my hand,” she mentioned.
“Qualifying would feel like a real ‘against all odds’ kind of victory as I’ve grown up watching the Olympics and it would be a dream to get there as a climber.”