Last February the sport of climbing got a step closer to being in the Olympics when its governing body, the International Federation of Sport Climbing, was recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The sport took another step this 4th of July when the IOC’s Executive Board met in South Africa and revealed that “sports climbing” had made the shortlist of new sports that could be added to the 2020 Games.
The quest to have climbing included in the Olympics is far from over as there is only one spot up for grabs and climbing is up against sports like baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, squash, wakeboarding and wushu. The decision on which sport will make the cut will not come until the IOC’s meeting in Buenos Aires in 2013.
Reactions to whether or not the push for climbing to be an Olympic sport is good for the sport were somewhat mixed last year, has anyone’s opinion changed since then?