Dame Kelly Holmes supports climbing’s 2020 Olympic dream

Posted by Tina Gardner on 03/05/2013
Kelly shows her affinity for climbing at Stanage Edge, Peak District

As decision day draws nearer for sports being considered for the 2020 Olympics, double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes has given her support to climbing’s campaign.

Update: Climbing's Olympic dream is on hold. Unfortunately Sport climbing has failed to reach the final shortlist of sports being considered for the 2020 Olympics. 

The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the force behind the bid to get climbing into the Olympics and the BMC is backing the bid.

Only one of the eight sports under consideration will be chosen for the Olympic programme. Following presentations from each sport on 29 May, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board will recommend which sports should go through to the final IOC vote in September. It is expected the shortlist will be reduced from eight to three on 29 May. 
 
Dame Kelly Holmes, double gold medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics said: “The proposed triathlon format for Sport Climbing’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games sounds like a great concept. I know climbing is very popular with young people and the format fits perfectly with the Olympic motto of Faster, Higher and Stronger.
 
“I know the case for inclusion in the Olympic Games is becoming tougher all the time, it could go down to the wire when the final choice is made by the IOC in September. Hopefully the general public will see that Sport Climbing has a big future ahead.”
 
Dame Kelly is no stranger to climbing. Having climbed with the BMC at Stanage in the Peak District, she then went on to complete a five-day course at Plas y Brenin in North Wales. Dame Kelly has also attended a reception for the GB Climbing Team at Westminster.
 
The BMC hopes Dame Kelly's gold medal success rubs off on climbing’s 2020 bid!  You can show your support for the bid on the IFSC’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SportClimbing2020
 
Want to climb in the 2020 Olympics? Anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes to become an Olympic climbing champion should check out the pathway to getting on the GB Climbing Team in time for possible selection for 2020.  GB Climbing Team members are currently putting in some impressive international performances, with 15 year old Molly Thomspon-Smith showing great potential for Olympic success in 2020, should climbing reach the Olympics.

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