Climbing Makes Its Pitch to Enter Olympics

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12/19/12 - Representatives of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) are meeting in Switzerland today with the International Olympic Committee Program Commission to make the case for climbing to enter the Olympics, starting with the 2020 Games. Climbing is competing with six other short-listed sports to join the Olympics: baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, squash, wakeboaring, and wushu. The IOC Program Commission must decide which sport to cut from the Summer Olympics and which to add.

IFSC Presdent Marco Scolaris is making the pitch along with four other people, including two North Americans: Debbie Gawrych, vice president of the IFSC and past president of USA Climbing; Sean McColl, the Canadian gold medalist at the 2012 World Championship and president of the IFSC Athletes Commission; Jérôme Meyer, IFSC Sport Manager and a past European champion in bouldering; and Evgeniya Malamid from Russia, a member of the IFSC Athletes Commission.

The IFSC earlier decided to focus on lead climbing in its Olympic bid; bouldering and speed climbing will not be considered. The IOC's final decision will be announced in September 2013.

Date of meeting: December 19, 2012



Previous Comments

While I agree that Bouldering should be included for the reasons Gerald mentioned it is excellent that this consideration is in progress. "The IOC Program Commission must decide which sport to cut from the Summer Olympics and which to add." Does this mean there is a finite number of sports allowed? Or does this mean they could add all on the list should they approve?

Kris - 12/29/2012 11:13:18

I would prefer Bouldering instead of Lead Climbing. For a passive viewer it is much more exciting and interesting - climbers are trying the same problem with different solutions - in lead climbing it is not always clear where the crux lies and in general viewing lead climbing competitions is more boring. Gerald - Austria

Gerald - 12/27/2012 9:13:06

It seems like such a natural addition to very basic human sport (e.g., track and field, soccer, boxing) that it deserves inclusion. Humans are natural climbers, just as they are runners, jumpers, kickers, and fighters. Can't wait to see it in action and the passions of millions legitimized.

Rob - 12/26/2012 8:54:46

Apart from being a sport that is enviromentally friendly as well as a grear spert to do socially it will be an amazing sport to watch as it easy to understand and so exciting. to my mind, the moment the climbing wall was invented it should have been delcalred an Olympic sport long ago. Good luck to the representaytives for the bid. Is there anything us enthussiasts can do to help? Matthew -South Africa

Matthew - 12/24/2012 12:18:24