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Climbing Dissed For Olympics by Sports Pros

Poll by SportsPro Media, as of October 19, 2012.

Which new sport would people in the business of sports prefer to see in the 2020 Olympics? Definitely not sport climbing. At least that's the conclusion you'd reach based on an online poll by SportsPro magazine. The poll, which has been active for about two weeks and has received hundreds of responses, showed climbing second to last in the rankings on October 19, with only about 0.4% of the votes.

Roller sports (inline skating) leads the polling of visitors to, with nearly 50% of the votes on October 19. Karate is a strong second, with about 45%. The remaining five sports up for consideration for the 2020 Olympic Games are only polling about 5% all combined, with climbing trailing baseball/softball, squash, and wakeboard. Only wushu, a category of Chinese martial arts, is farther behind.

Perhaps needless to say, there are many factors that might influence the International Olympic Committee's decision on new Olympic sports, and the opinion of sports professionals might not count for much. But the very strong sentiment for roller sports and karate is nonetheless interesting. The IOC's decision will be made in September 2013.

SportsPro is a British magazine that is distributed to executives of teams, leagues, arenas, federations, and other sports businesses worldwide. Click here to see the most updated version of the poll and links to stories about each of the sports up for consideration for the 2020 Games.


Previous Comments

What's interesting is that sport climbing is the only one of those sports that fulfill the Olympics' motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (Faster, Higher, Stronger). I prefer to keep climbing a dirtbag sport and not subject it further to commercialism.

Calorama - 11/12/2012 5:02:54

I'm also completely fine without having the sport hit the olympics. Getting that psyched on plastic really takes the fun right out of it.

Dylan - 11/01/2012 11:06:30

On line polls are easily manipulated by interested parties, and this one has been linked to by several people on facebook in my social group involved with promoting climbing,, etc. To suggest that the results from this poll represents the population at large is idiotic. This is a piss poor article, with a misleading headline. I had to check the byline to be sure Jens Larssen wasn't writing for Climbing now.

Ben Smith - 10/25/2012 1:39:22

can i vote? for sport climb

angel mtz - 10/21/2012 1:27:29

Agree with Ben. I have been climbing since 1980 but as much as I enjoy climbing in all its facets I think the Olympics is such a sports circus I have no interest and would like a lot of the more unusual sports eg synchronised swimming given the chop before we thought of taking on others eg Golf ... Puke

Si - 10/19/2012 11:04:51

Honestly I'd rather watch Karate than climbing and I am an avid climber. It's boring. You can go to the gym and watch 2 15yr olds climbing and they look exactly the same, even though one is on v3 and the other v10.

Ben - 10/19/2012 4:26:25