Climbing Makes Its Formal Pitch to the OlympicsBy Rocky Thompson on December 20th, 2012
Emissaries of the International Federation of Sport Climbing headed to Switzerland to make their appeal to be added to the Summer Games beginning in 2020. They’re competing for a spot with baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, squash, wakeboaring, and wushu. If accepted, the IOC would have to decide on a sport to cut from the Games. Boulderers and speed climbers, unfortunately, are not up for consideration since the crew decided to focus on sport climbing, where they think they have the best chances. That’s probably okay, none of the top climbers in those sports will likely still be at the top of their games by the time 2020 rolls around anyway. This is one for the next generation.