Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Olympic Climbing Updates from IFSC
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Straight from the horse’s mouth, here is the latest and greatest info on where climbing stands in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games, according to the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing).
This information is courtesy of IFSC
-Format: Combined Lead, Speed, Bouldering
-6 medals total (per gender: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
-40 athletes (20 men, 20 women)
-Countries expected: 22
-Qualifying path: World Championship in Tokyo, Japan, July 11-22, 2019 (7 spots per gender); Olympic qualifying event in Toulouse, France, November 28-December 1, 2019 (6 spots per gender); Continental Championships, beginning of 2020 (1 spot per gender per continent, 5 total); Tripartite (Solidarity), 1 spot per gender; Hosting country: 1 reserved spot (not additional) per gender.
-Event date: July 22-August 9, 2020
-Format proposed: 2 events (Speed and Combined Bouldering and Lead)
-12 medals total (per gender and per event: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze).
-72 athletes (Speed: 16 per gender, Combined Bouldering and Lead: 20 per gender)
-Countries expected: 29
-Approval process: IOC Executive Board on March 26-28, 2019; 134th IOC session on June 24, 2019; Final confirmation after Tokyo 2020; Event date: Summer 2024.
With some question marks and strong opinions out there about how climbing will be integrated into the Olympics, the 2020 games will be an interesting trial, that although controversial, will aim to showcase the most impressive aspects of our sport. This work-in-progress is an amazing effort and collaboration which, just like all of us, simply wants the best for climbing!
Also read: New Format Proposed for Climbing in 2024 Olympics: No More Combined!