It’s now or never – The Olympic chances of sport climbing

The Paris Bercy Arena

It’s either now or never: this is what is suggesting Marco Scolaris, the President of the IFSC, the international Federation of sport climbing.

The IFSC is pushing hard sport climbing’s candidacy to enter the Olympic Games in 2020. No doubt the World Championship, held in Paris, has been an enormous success with roughly 16,000 spectators – of which 15,000 paying – on the weekend of September 15th and 16th. The Palais Omisport in Bercy filled to its maximum capacity, must be a valid argumentation against those who still deem that climbing is not enough spectacular or telegenic. If that is so, why would anyone pay 35€ for a ticket?

To those numbers, we should then add those of the webcasting, or live streaming on the Internet: the virtual audience has touched a record of 130,000 viewers during the event, of which 50,000 only during the weekend of the finals.

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