According to IFSC, on December 10th, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board granted provisional recognition status to the International Federation of Sport Climbing. The IOC’s website lists Mountaineering and Climbing as a “Recognized Sport” but I didn’t find a news item or press release from the IOC on point.
Efforts to make climbing an Olympic sport have been afoot for some time, and I, for one, and in the pro-Olympics camp. Even though competition climbing isn’t entirely representative of our sport, it is one way to gain exposure for climbers and climbing. I’m as impatient as the next girl with newbie gym rats and incompetent weekenders at the crag, but in my opinion the good parts of increased exposure outweigh the bad. And, anything that makes it a little bit easier for climbers to make a living as climbers (or, in climbing-related industries) I’m all for.
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