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Topic - Olympics & Climbing, Should we be careful what we wish for?

herrettscott - on 27 Feb 2013
Can anybody explain what benefit indoor climbing as an Olympic sport will bring to climbers individually or collectively. It seems there is an increasing discourse within the climbing community that 'we' should support the bid to have climbing in the Olympics. Those that are pushing for the inclusion sight the increased exposure that having climbing in the Olympics will bring. This potentially will lead to increased investment, leading to improved and a greater number of facilities which will lead to increased participation, especially among the young or those disadvantaged not to live near a climbing wall. (although as a kid growing up in a working class town, I always wanted to try skiing, however I didn't expect someone to build an artificial ski slope to keep me off the streets)

As a climbing punter, the negatives seem to outweigh any perceived positive. An over riding issue for me, are the negative impacts that would come from climbing being increasingly commercialised. I used to enjoy watching, playing and being involved in football but over the last 10 years i've increasingly distanced myself from it for this reason.

So those of you who have 'liked' the FB page or supported the bid I would be genuinely interested to know why you think its a good thing...because at the moment I have yet to be convinced.
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