Last weekend 450 of the world’s best rock climbers organized in the outskirts of Moscow at the CSKA Sports Complex for the second stop on the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s (IFSC) World Cup tour. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Sport Climbing in Olympic 2020 can get Olympic Sport Climbing Tickets online.
All eyes were on Czech climber Adam Ondra the reigning king of really hard rock climbing and a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. A week prior Ondra had made a win at the first bouldering World Cup of the 2019 season proving he deserves to be considered a frontrunner for competitive climbing’s first Olympics.
With rock climbing’s debut in the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo less than 16 months away, the effects are already being felt. Top athletes are vying for Olympics slots while a rush of business dollars and media attention bears down on the emerging sport. While most of the competitors in Moscow were not household names the high level of competition highlighted how far the nascent sport has come.
“It’s going to be different says Canadian climber and Combined World Cup winner Sean McColl. I don’t think competitive climbing will settle down until it’s been in three or four Olympics. Right now everything is still evolving.”
When it was formally announced in 2016 that climbing would be a medal sport in the Olympic 2020 the format was derided by many throughout the climbing world. At the Tokyo games, climbers will compete in three disciplines bouldering, lead climbing, and speed climbing for one combined set of medals per gender. In particular speed climbing’s inclusion was widely criticized.
“I think what tipped the scale for me and actually made I decide to try and qualify for the Olympics was the fear of regretting not having tried it Megos wrote in a recent email. Considering my age and the fact that I want to shift my focus more on outdoor climbing in the future the Tokyo 2020 will be my first and last chance to ever compete in the Olympics.”
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