Sport Climbing was one of the eight sports shortlisted for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games additional events. On August 7-8 2015, they presented their bid in Tokyo. Today begins a new era for Sport Climbing as it is officially proposed as a new sport for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel.
“It is a great honor to have been chosen. We thank the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel for this fantastic opportunity and the recognition within the Olympic Movement. Of course, there is still a long way to go, and all of us at the IFSC are deeply committed to meeting the challenges ahead. Together with our athletes and the National Federations, we are reaching new heights”, says Marco Scolaris, the IFSC President.
“Now more than ever, we are convinced that Sport Climbing would be the perfect complement to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program, and be a source of inspiration to the 500,000 Japanese climbers and all the spectators who will discover this sport in real conditions” says Yagihara Kunio, JMA President.
The IFSC is now fully dedicated to the next steps that will take to the final decision at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016. Until then, the IFSC will continue to work with the Athletes and the National Federations to reinforce and improve its organization to prove the solidity of this choice.