The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that Sport Climbing (lead, bouldering and speed climbing) will join the programme of events in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, alongside Dance Sport and Karate. The news comes just months after Sport Climbing was selected as a new event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (UKC News Report).
The IOC gave the following explanation for their choice of the three sports:
'The three new sports reflect the IOC’s and Buenos Aires 2018’s shared goal of building youth engagement, and thus represent a mix of emerging, universal and urban sports with a significant youth appeal.'
The Youth Olympic Games was established with the aim of fostering youth participation in sport and acting as a springboard for the Olympic Games, with the first event being held in the summer of 2010 in Singapore. Sport Climbing was demonstrated at the previous Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in 2014. The Sport Climbing event in Buenos Aires will serve as a teaser for the main Games in 2020.
International Federation of Sport Climbing President Marco Scolaris commented:
'In the last months after Rio, far from the lights, we have worked hard on this and here is the result. We are very, very happy that Sport Climbing will also be included in the programme in Buenos Aires at the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. Thanks to all the IFSC Team who supported this new climb and achievement. Keep climbing!'
In addition to this announcement, the venue for Sport Climbing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has also been confirmed this week. The Organising Committee issued a statement:
'Sport Climbing events will take place in Aomi Urban Sports Venue (Koto ward, Tokyo). This temporary facility will be the dynamic and innovative venue for the sport climbing and skateboarding competitions, Tokyo 2020’s newest and most youthful events. Situated in a spectacular location with Tokyo Bay as a backdrop, it will delight athletes, spectators and television viewers alike throughout the world.'