The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recommended that Sport Climbing be included in the full programme of 28 sports for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.
The proposal, endorsed by the LA28 organising committee yesterday (10 December), will be subject to a vote by the IOC Session during the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in February 2022. If approved, the individual disciplines of Speed, Boulder and Lead would each be contested as separate medal events.
Long-established Olympic sports boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon were not included in the LA28 programme, but could be selected if 'problem areas' can be addressed by 2023.
The success of Sport Climbing's debut at Tokyo 2020 this year — where it became the top trending Olympic sport in Google Search on day 11/day 12 of the Games Worldwide — helped to secure its inclusion in the list of proposed sports alongside Skateboarding and Surfing, two sports which also made their Olympic debut in Tokyo.
Ahead of LA 2028, Sport Climbing will feature in the Paris 2024 Games, where 68 athletes will compete in a new format including 12 medals split between a combined Lead & Boulder discipline and a separate Speed event.
IFSC President Marco Scolaris commented:
"I am grateful to the IOC Executive Board for this recognition. I am confident the IOC Session in Beijing will accept their proposal, and that we will be given the possibility to contribute to the success of LA28."
IFSC Athletes' Commission President and Olympian Shauna Coxsey said:
"The continued presence of Sport Climbing in the Olympic programme for Los Angeles 2028 will continue to introduce the sport I love to new audiences around the world. The Olympics was a life changing experience for me, and I am so pleased that future generations of athletes will be able to compete on the biggest stage and more people will get to share the joys our sport can bring."
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