posted by dpm on 05/29/2013
Today, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced their decision to cut sport climbing from the short list of sports being considered for the 2020 Olympics. There were eight sports considered for inclusion: baseball/softball, squash, wrestling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu. After a 30-minute presentation by each international federation representing their sport, the IOC selected baseball/softball, squash, and wrestling to continue in the running toward a final decision in September when one sport will be chosen for inclusion in the 2020 games.
The decision is certainly disappointing to the International Federation of Sport Climbing which sent four representatives to deliver their presentation in St. Petersburg, Russia. It's likely also disappointing to competition climbers that would have benefited from the increased public exposure to the sport and resulting influx of participation and funding. Other climbers were wary of the impact increased exposure could have on our limited outdoor climbing resources; an aspect of the sport separate from competition climbing but undeniably related. The changes that might have occurred in the sport of climbing can only be speculated.
What are your thoughts on the IOC's decision? Were you hoping for sport climbing's inclusion in the 2020 games or is climbing best left out of the limelight?