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Topic - NEW ARTICLE: Competitions, Funding, the Olympics and the BMC

UKC Articles - on 12 Oct 2009
[Drew Haigh: British Lead Competition Champion, 3 kb]Following lengthy consultation amongst the BMC Areas, the National Council agreed that the BMC would support the idea of climbing becoming an Olympic sport.

From humble gyms for rock-climbers to an aspirant competitive Olympic sport in its own right: the news highlights how far artificial climbing walls have traversed from their mountaineering roots.

It also brings important questions under the striplights for all British climbers. The climbing teams representing Britain are woefully underfunded. Why?

And if competition climbing goes Olympic will it be merry and bright for the British Climbing Teams and competition climbing in the UK.

Sarah Stirling investigates


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