In anticipation of the possible inclusion of Sport Climbing in the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo the Japanese Mountaineering Association (JMA) is proposing major changes to its name and structure. The JMA would be responsible for joining the local Olympic Committee in overseeing the sport climbing competition and has therefore decided to make several changes.
The Association, founded 56 years ago, is suggesting changing its name to include a reference to the competitive aspect of Sport Climbing and restructuring in order to “provide guidance and spread correct climbing and mountain sports”. Renamed “Japanese Mountaineering Sport Climbing Association”, the organisation would aim to link traditional values of mountain climbing and modern competition climbing, which have often been seen as distinct and perhaps even incompatible. The sport has been booming in Japan, with over 600,000 climbing enthusiasts making a vibrant climbing scene. With the revised name and structure, the JMA would continue to support outdoor mountain climbing, while also responding to increased interest in sport climbing.
A final decision is expected at the end of August.
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