Sport climbing one step closer to inclusion in Paris 2024 Olympics

Posted by Sarah Stirling on 28/06/2019

On June 25, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted unanimously in favour of including sport climbing in the summer Olympic Games in Paris. Surfing, skateboarding and breaking (break-dancing) have also been provisionally voted in. If sport climbing does make it to Paris 2024, the competition format is likely to be different, allowing more athletes to compete and offering more chances to win medals.

An observation period now follows. The IOC will be closely watching how sport climbing fares during its debut at the Tokyo Olympic Games in August 2020, and a final decision on whether to include the sport at Paris 2024 will be made in December 2020.

Paris 2024 President, Tony Estanguet, commented: "These four sports bring a real sense of innovation to the overall program of 28 Olympic sports. As well as being spectacular and creative, they generate strong engagement among young people. They also project the values that we hold dear in terms of openness and diversity.”

In the run up to the Paris decision, hopeful competition climbers from around the globe posted photos of themselves making Eiffel Tower shapes with their hands and bodies, to show their support. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by IFSC (@ifsclimbing) on

 

A different competition format

If sport climbing does make it to Paris 2024, the competition format is likely to be different, allowing more athletes to compete and offering more chances to win medals.

At Tokyo, sport climbing will be a triple-discipline combined competition, with 40 athletes competing in Speed, Boulder and Lead, and three medals up for grabs for the men's and women's competitions.

For the Paris Olympics, it has been proposed that Bouldering and Lead climbing would be a combined event with 40 athletes competing, and that there would be a separate Speed Climbing event, with 32 athletes competing.

 

 

A marathon and an egg-and-spoon race

The idea of holding Speed Climbing as a separate event has been welcomed by many athletes, who see this as a step towards separating sport climbing into three Olympic disciplines, with medals available for each.

British bouldering star, Shauna Coxsey, commented on the Redbull blog that holding a combined Speed, Lead and Bouldering competition is “like asking Usain Bolt to run a marathon, then do an egg-and-spoon race. They’re not just different disciplines, they’re completely different sports.”

One thing is clear: competition climbing is continuing its Olympic rise.

The Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from August 4 - 7 2020 in the Aomi Urban Sports Park. More information on buying tickets can be found here: ticket.tokyo2020.org

 

WATCH Shauna Coxsey explaining how the selection process for the Olympics:

 

WATCH Molly Thompson-Smith Portrait of a Champion on BMC TV:


GB Climbing is supported by the BMC, Mountaineering ScotlandClif Bar, and Duco.

The GB Paraclimbing Team is supported by Oakwood Climbing Centre and Quay Climbing Centre. The GB Ice Climbing Team is supported by Montane. Many UK walls also support the GB Climbing through free or subsidised entry.

FOLLOW 🧗‍♀️  GB_Climbing's Instagram for exclusive photos and results

SCROLL 🐦 live GB Climbing Twitter updates with GB_Climbing

LIKE 👍 GB Climbing Facebook for more news and pics

WATCH 📺 our YouTube GB Climbing playlist

VISIT 👀 the GB Climbing site

HIGHLIGHTS: 2019 La Sportiva British Bouldering Championships


« Back

Post a comment Print this article

This article has been read 3549 times

TAGS

Click on the tags to explore more

RELATED ARTICLES

Dream week for Shauna Coxsey: two bronze medals and Olympic quota place
1
Dream week for Shauna Coxsey: two bronze medals and Olympic quota place

After coming third in the Bouldering event at the IFSC World Championships 2019 in Hachioji, Japan, Shauna Coxsey performed spectacularly to cement her success by breaking the British Speed Climbing record and winning another bronze medal in the Combined event. Shauna also qualified for a quota place to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and, after winning bronze in the Olympic-style Combined event, hopes are high for further success next year.
Read more »

IFSC World Championships: Shauna Coxsey qualifies for Tokyo 2020 quota place
0
IFSC World Championships: Shauna Coxsey qualifies for Tokyo 2020 quota place

In the culmination of a phenomenal week of action at the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan, GB Climbing’s Shauna Coxsey has qualified for a Tokyo 2020 quota place at the Combined Event.
Read more »

Shauna Coxsey wins Bronze in Boulder World Championships 2019
0
Shauna Coxsey wins Bronze in Boulder World Championships 2019

GB Climbing’s Shauna Coxsey claims bronze at the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan. The third-place finish puts her in a strong position for Olympic qualification which will be decided early next week.
Read more »

Post a Comment

Posting as Anonymous Community Standards
3000 characters remaining
Submit
Your comment has been posted below, click here to view it
Comments are currently on | Turn off comments
0

There are currently no comments, why not add your own?

RELATED ARTICLES

Dream week for Shauna Coxsey: two bronze medals and Olympic quota place
1

After coming third in the Bouldering event at the IFSC World Championships 2019 in Hachioji, Japan, Shauna Coxsey performed spectacularly to cement her success by breaking the British Speed Climbing record and winning another bronze medal in the Combined event. Shauna also qualified for a quota place to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and, after winning bronze in the Olympic-style Combined event, hopes are high for further success next year.
Read more »

IFSC World Championships: Shauna Coxsey qualifies for Tokyo 2020 quota place
0

In the culmination of a phenomenal week of action at the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan, GB Climbing’s Shauna Coxsey has qualified for a Tokyo 2020 quota place at the Combined Event.
Read more »

Shauna Coxsey wins Bronze in Boulder World Championships 2019
0

GB Climbing’s Shauna Coxsey claims bronze at the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan. The third-place finish puts her in a strong position for Olympic qualification which will be decided early next week.
Read more »

BMC MEMBERSHIP
Join 82,000 BMC members and support British climbing, walking and mountaineering. Membership only £16.97.
Read more »
BMC SHOP
Great range of guidebooks, DVDs, books, calendars and maps.
All with discounts for members.
Read more »
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Get covered with BMC Insurance. Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest.
Read more »