Climbing in the Olympics
The events of the winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, are extraordinarily close to the climbing town of Squamish. This has prompted many climbers to wonder why rock climbing is not currently an Olympic sport.
Well on February 12, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognised the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) during its Pleanary Session in Vancouver, Canada. After a first provisional IOC recognition in 2007, the IFSC has passed the two-year "observation period", meaning that the road to the Olympics is now open.
The IFSC President Marco Scolaris explains in an interview from Vancouver, much depends on the choices and objectives which sport climbing will take and reach. Beginning with the next great global event, the World Championship scheduled to take place in Arco in 2011.Climbing.com website
. Planet Mountain offers a more extensive rdiscussion as well as an interview with IFSC President Marco Scolaris on their website
Adam Onrada, a sport climber with a future in the 2020 Olympics
Labels: International Federation of Sport Climbing, Olympics