Climbing Passes Major Hurdle on Road to 2020 Olympics

This week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board supported a proposal to add five new sports to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

If the proposal passes, 18 events and 474 athletes will be added to the 2020 Games. According to The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), 40 climbers (20 men and 20 women) would compete in three disciplines: sport, bouldering, and speed. The events would take place over four days, and the medalists would be chosen based on the combined results of all three disciplines.

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One Response to Climbing Passes Major Hurdle on Road to 2020 Olympics

  1. Warren Gans Jun 6, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    Stoked! looking forward to watching the best international climbers competing for Olympic gold, but unless we see major reforms either within RSA/African climbing or SASCOC I don’t expect to see any of our athletes being among those 40 going to the games.

    With one outside possibility: If qualifying is decided regionally, then we have a chance, however there is no African climbing champs yet. We would still need “Players of Colour.” Personally I still don’t think that would be enough as SASCOC has on many occasions stated that they will only be sending medal contenders, even if Athletes offer to pay their own way.

    Sorry for the pessimism, but I say this because we have enough time to change these things

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