One result of the last annual assembly of IFSC, the International Federation of Sport Climbing, was the endorsement of Kailas, the Chinese outdoor brand, as IFSC's official supplier for ropes and safety equipment. As far as we know, Kailas' move is the first of a Chinese outdoor company to enter the stage of global sponsoring. The eighth IFSC assembly brought together 81 national federations. The event took place for the first time in China on March 9 and was hosted by the Chinese Mountaineering Association in Shanghai.