IOC support Sport Climbing in new Tokyo 2020 Proposal

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The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have announced their support of a proposal to add a package of five new sports (baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing) to the programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2020  © Tokyo 2020
Tokyo 2020
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Sport Climbing as an Olympic event would consist of a four-day event including all three disciplines - Lead, Boulder and Speed - for 40 athletes, 20 male and 20 female. The combined result from rankings in these three disciplines would determine the overall podium-finishers.

The five sports will now be submitted to the IOC Session, where the final decision will be made in August.

The package was selected to promote gender equality while also focusing on innovative and exciting sports for Japan and the wider international community. The sports were also recognised for their focus on youth development, which is at the heart of the Games' vision for Tokyo 2020.

In response to the announcement, Marco Maria Scolaris, IFSC President, commented: "We are very pleased to reach a new step and are looking forward to the final hold of our unbelievable climb."

More information on the IOC's website.

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3 Jun, 2016
Includes speed climbing? What a joke.
3 Jun, 2016
Yes, there will probably be an unofficial lead gold medallist, an unofficial bouldering gold medallist and an official gold medallist that nobody's ever heard of or cares about.
3 Jun, 2016
Combining them into one event with one medal also seems ridiculous. Why not have a medal for each discipline? The only reason I can see for this is that the IOC think that one athlete would win them all, which is clearly not the case.
3 Jun, 2016
Like Sean McColl?
3 Jun, 2016
The reason they are having to do it this way is because climbing will only be allocated 1 medal and a combined event was considered the fairest way rather than trying to decide between the 3 main climbing disciplines its not ideal but better than not at all
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