Climbing in the Olympics?

Czech superstar Adam Ondra will be only 27 in 2020, the first year climbing might enter the Olympics — he could still be a contender. Photo by Giulio Malfer.

News Link: On February 12, the full session of the International Olympic Committee formally recognized the International Federation of Sport Climbing, two years after the ISCF was granted provisional recognition. This means climbing now can compete with other sports for entry to the Olympic Games — the first test will come in 2013, when the sports for the 2020 games will be decided.

 The IFSC represents three disciplines of climbing competitions: lead climbing, bouldering, and speed.

Planet Mountain has posted a good interview today with Marco Scolaris, who, as president of the IFSC, has spearheaded the push for climbing in the Olympics. Among other things, Scolaris said the 2011 and 2013 climbing world championships, in Arco, Italy, and Paris, France, respectively, will be crucial tests for the sport in the eyes of the International Olympic Committee.




just look at the time stamp on Juan's post. That says it all

A. Stoner - 03/05/2014 10:43:55

I have watched a bit of several climbing competitions and it seems to be a sport that encourages sportsmanship. No one is trying to smash anyone else into the boards (like hockey), push there way to the net (like basketball), use a stick to cross-check an opponent, (like lacrosse) etc. It is you against the gravity and the wall, and does not harbour ill-will. There is no name calling, and no dissing an opponent. Instead it is all applause and encouragement, and climbers use the better climbers to emulate. Another thing I liked about it was that it seems to be something that smaller competitors can excel at, and not like football (where it seems almost all the running backs, linemen, and linebackers) need to weigh well over 200 lbs to even make a team. In addition, it is a truly individual sport, with technique, fitness, and a bit of guts required.

Al Dubeta - 02/16/2014 1:55:01

Climbing is a sensational sport. It requires thought, planning and strength. A definite yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

saima khan (timer) - 02/15/2014 11:31:02

climbing is the best sport and is way better than the other sports. It should definitely be part of the Olympics! It is a challenge both mentally and physically!

Lizzie Harrison - 02/15/2014 11:27:57

Climbing is a sport more than any other sport anyone could possibly think of. It is so intense to watch and to accomplish such amazing feats of strength both mentally and physically. I can't believe some people are blind enough to say it isn't a sport or that it should not be part of the Olympics because rock climbing has already taken root all over the world!

Random climber - 02/13/2014 9:15:10

Of course, climbing should be a sport! I can't believe people would call activities like golf and archery a sport when you barely break a sweat doing it. And yet, they won't call extreme activities like MMA or climbing a sport when you have to use not only your upper body strength, but your concentration as well!

CJ9.Climber - 08/10/2013 1:49:35

Lets be honest if climbing became an olympic sport. Which it is a sport!(juan) it would only draw crowds into gyms because most people will not take the time to go out side and actuallyclimb for real

jfpn - 05/21/2013 8:35:26

We don't need an entire rush of douche bags littering everywhere fucking up holds, climbing unsafe and hurting others

trendssuck8753 - 04/24/2013 10:49:21

lets take out Ribbon Twirling and Trampolining and put in Baseball and Climbing, lets be honest RT and T aren't real sports..

Andrea - 02/13/2013 1:35:43

lets take out Ribbon Twirling and Trampolining and put in Baseball and Climbing, lets be honest RT and T aren't real sports..

Andrea - 02/13/2013 1:35:40

Juan, we are never ever ever getting back together.

Greg - 02/12/2013 9:11:37

Fuck off you mug!

Lauren - 12/16/2012 8:11:23

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