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Will sport climbing be an Olympic sport in 2020?


In a long-awaited announcement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially “short-listed” sport climbing as a candidate for the 2020 Olympic games.

press release from the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) called the July 4 decision “a step forward in the development of the sport and in the pursuit of the vision that always guided the efforts of the IFSC,” which was a vision of sport climbing as an Olympic sport.

Keith Ferguson, the Chief Executive Officer of USA Climbing and an IFSC Executive Board Member says, “We are thrilled to have made the shortlist of sports for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. This is a testament to the hard work of the wonderful athletes who climb, the IFSC, all of the National Federations, and the many partners who support climbing competitions across the world.”

The other candidates in contention are baseball, softball, karate, roller sports, squash, wakeboarding, and wushu (a Chinese martial art). Only sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu have never been officially considered before as potential Olympic sports.

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