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First Look: The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Climbing Walls

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Climbing will premier in the Olympics on August 4 at the Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo, Japan. Prep for the venue is well underway. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) announced in May 2019 that Entre-Prises would handle construction of the walls, writing:

The French-based company Entre-Prises (EP) was chosen to be the sole supplier for the first-ever Olympic climbing wall. After providing the climbing wall for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, it is another great step forward for the most long-lasting IFSC partner.

The IFSC released the first photos of the completed walls this week:

From left to right are the lead wall, bouldering wall, and speed wall.

The completed construction was followed by a climbing test event. "A test event is a dress rehearsal to confirm and improve the competition and Games operation capabilities in order to ensure the successful operation during the Olympic and Paralympic Games," explains a page on Tokyo2020.org. The test event took place without spectators or Olympic athletes. The trial run provided for photos of the climbing walls in action.

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