We are excited to announce that Sport Climbing will make it's Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020. The announcement was made on August 3 during an International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Rio. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) President Marco Scolaris stated, "We are so happy that Sport Climbing will be participating in the Games ofTokyo."

While climbing has increased in popularity and climbing gyms have become more mainstream being recognized and accepted at the Olympic level has always proven difficult. 

Now that climbing is at an Olympic level we think that will pave the way for climbing to be more accepted at a high school and collegiate level which result in scholarship opportunities that advance talented climbers to higher levels. 

So what does that mean for us here in Oklahoma and at Climb Up? 

We have always supported the advancement of climbing in its many varieties from sport climbing, bouldering, speed climbing, ice climbing and even guided outdoor climbing. In terms of training, we will continue to offer challenging terrain for climbers of all levels and abilities - from those just beginning to those at the leading edge of the sport. Climb Up is a proud supporter of the Oklahoma Climbing Team Association (OCTA), a 501(c)3 organization committed to advancing youth climbers in Oklahoma. 

Now with the Olympics as a goal for young climbers we expect the interest in climbing to grow beyond what we've ever seen before. It's a great time to be a climber!

Sources:

https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-approves-five-new-sports-for-olympic-games-tokyo-2020

http://www.ifsc-climbing.org/images/media-centre/press-releases/2016_IFSC_IOC_Decision_Yes.pdf