Paris 2024 Olympic Sport Climbing Qualification System Announced

© Leo Zhukov/IFSC

The qualification pathways for Sport Climbing and the 31 other sports in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games have been approved by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Women's Olympic Podium  © Leo Zhukov/IFSC
The Women's Olympic Podium
© Leo Zhukov/IFSC

68 athletes will compete in Sport Climbing's second Olympic showing, with Speed as a single event and Boulder & Lead as a combined medal. 

28 athletes will compete in Speed and 40 in Boulder & Lead, split equally between men and women (14 and 20 per sex).

Qualification system - Paris 2024:

  • Qualification will begin in August 2023 at the 2023 IFSC Climbing World Championships in Bern, Switzerland. The top 3 athletes per gender in Boulder & Lead and top 2 in Speed will be eligible for a quota place. (10 places)
  • Athletes who fail to make the top 3 in Bern can compete for a spot by winning their respective continental qualifying event (or being the next-highest placed eligible athlete) to be held between September and December 2023. (4 places per continent [2 x Boulder & Lead, 2 x Speed, 1 per sex] = 20 places)
  • The final opportunity to earn a ticket will be during three invitational Olympic Qualifier Series eventsannounced last month by the IOC, from March to June 2024. These events will see the top athletes in Sport Climbing, BMX freestyle, breaking and skateboarding competing for Olympic quota places. The exact locations and procedures are yet to be confirmed. (32 places; 20 Boulder & Lead, 10 Speed)
  • *Plus: 4 Host Country or Universality quota places for Boulder & Lead, and 4 for Speed, bringing the total athletes to 38.

Qualification for Paris 2024 will be limited to two Sport Climbing athletes per nation per gender in each discipline (Speed, and Boulder & Lead combined). Qualifying places will be allocated to the athletes by name, meaning they are not transferrable to other athletes in their national team.

The Games of the XXXIII Olympiad are scheduled to take place in the French capital from 26 July to 11 August 2024.

More information about Sport Climbing at Paris 2024 is available on the IFSC website.

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