Today, the IOC Session in Rio officially approved the addition of Sport Climbing to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Our sport has climbed higher than ever!
The journey to the Olympics was a long and difficult climb. In September of 2014, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously approved the progressive Olympic Agenda 2020 in its entirety which proposed additional events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Nearly two years later and after many intermediate steps, the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro today approved five additional events for Tokyo 2020: baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. After much anticipation and hard work, the Olympics dream has finally come true for Sport Climbing.
"We are so happy that Sport Climbing will be participating in the Games of Tokyo," says IFSC President Marco Scolaris. "The Olympics have been our dream for quite some time, and now the hard work has finally paid off. We would like to thank the IOC for extending a truly unique opportunity to our sport."
Although the journey to official approval has concluded, the work is far from finished. The IFSC will immediately begin working on the technical aspects of the Olympic Sport Climbing competitions, and the selection process will be drafted and presented on March 11, 2017, at the IFSC Plenary Assembly in Quebec City.
The IOC Session in Rio also announced today the proposed venues for the Tokyo 2020 Additional Events. Althought the IOC Executive Board will not make a final decision until December, the proposed venue for Sport Climbing competitions is in the "Aomi," Koto Ward, within the "Odaiba Area" of the Tokyo Metropolis.
In the meantime, the IFSC will work closely with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee and the IOC to finalize venue and infrastructure details, in order to offer the best of Sport Climbing in Tokyo.
"We have reached the final hold of our unbelievable climb, but another climb awaits us. Our team is committed to preparing Sport Climbing for the Olympic Games, and over the next four years we will continue to work with the IOC to do so," concludes Scolaris.