Climbing at the Olympic Games

After lobbying for inclusion into the Olympic Games for many years, sports climbing was finally accepted onto the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, along with four other new sports.

What is Climbing?

The sport that is being considered for the Olympics is not “rock” climbing, which most people would have an idea about, but “sport climbing”, which requires similar skills but is performed on a climbing wall. A climbing competition at the Olympics would be divided into three disciplines - lead climbing, speed climbing, and bouldering.

Climbing at Past Olympics

If climbing was to gain inclusion to the Olympic program, it would not be the first time that climbing has been part of the Olympic Games. From 1924 to 1936, the IOC gave a gold medal for "alpinism", another world for mountaineering. See more about about Alpinism at the Olympics.

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