Female climber gets apology after broadcaster played close-up of her buttocks

The International Federation of Sport Climbing has apologised to Johanna Farber after a host broadcaster showed a close-up replay of her bottom.

The incident occurred on Saturday during the World Championships in Moscow, where Farber placed 19th in the women's bouldering competition.

Following the incident in June, Farber slammed the coverage and stated that "We need to stop sexualising women in sports and start to appreciate their performance."

Sport climbing made its Olympic debut earlier this year with two events in the form of men's and women's combined taking place in Tokyo, combining the three disciplines of lead, bouldering and speed climbing.

In an official statement, the IFSC spoke out against the TV coverage and said that: "The IFSC condemns the objectification of the human body and will take further action in order for it to stop, and to protect the athletes."

IFSC President Marco Scolaris also commented on the incident and asked: "How many times will things have to be done wrong, before we learn how to do them right?"

Speaking to Sky News, former British climber Natalie Berry spoke out against the sexualisation of women in sport and her disappointment with the incident in Moscow.

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"For this disrespectful incident to happen once again to the same athlete is very disappointing, at a time when more eyes are on the sport than ever before and more women and girls are being introduced to climbing.

"While the intentions of the camera operators and editors may not be to sexualise an athlete and instead to focus on a visually interesting chalky handprint, in the context of the sexualisation of women in sport throughout history, it's quite simply inappropriate.

"As an athlete, self-confidence is a huge factor in competition.

"If athletes feel that their bodies are being inappropriately presented on-screen, it could unfairly affect their performance as well as their mental health."

Farber has refused to comment on this weekend's incident but her team have reiterated that the 23-year-old stands by her statement following the first incident back in June.

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