Climbing Considered for 2020 Olympicsby Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Jul/2011
This news story has been read 22,668 times
A report on the Olympic.org website states:
"The EB agreed on a shortlist of sports that will be considered for inclusion in the sports programme of the 2020 Olympiad. The sports are: baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports climbing, squash, wakeboard and wushu, one of which could be added to the 2020 sports programme to be voted on by the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in 2013."
Some of the sports on the list, such as baseball and softball, were dropped from the Olympics in 2008 and are making a bid to get back in to the event. However this is the first time that Sport Climbing is being considered as an addition.
The final decision on the current list of eight candidates, where one sport will be chosen for the 2020 games, will take place when the EB meets in Buenos Aires in late 2013.
Although some climbers in the UK have mixed feelings on climbing being in the Olympics, back in 2009 the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) made the decision to support the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) in their Olympic quest - as now stated in the BMC Competitions Terms of Reference document:
The role of the Competitions Committee is to formulate policies and advise the National Council upon all aspects of competition climbing. The Competitions Committee will be responsible for the following:
As reported earlier this week, Ned Feehally made the coveted second repeat of Voyager Sit Start 8B+ at Burbage North (UKC... Read more
Kevin Lopata has repeated Jan Hojer's Jour de chasse, ~8C, at Recloses, Fontainebleau. This was the 6th ascent... Read more
The annual BMC International Winter Meet based from Glenmore Lodge was held last week bringing roughly 40 climbers from over 25... Read more
Dutch climber Marianne van der Steen has made the first ever known flash of a D13+ drytooling route with KamaSutra at Bus... Read more