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Climbing Short-Listed For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today announced it has shortlisted eight IOC-recognised International Federations (IFs).

Climbing is one of the eight proposed events to be considered for inclusion at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Poster

Successful applicants are now invited to participate in Phase II, which will include the submission of further details from the shortlisted IFs by 22 July 2015, and IF Interviews that will take place in Tokyo in August 2015.

The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee will make a decision on the event(s) to be proposed to the IOC in September 2015. The final decision, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016.

“We have chosen them based on three principles the Tokyo committee has decided,” said panel chairman Fujio Mitarai.

According to the committee, new sports to be added to the 2020 Olympics should be popular among young people and “add value to the Games by engaging the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide.”

In 2013, climbing was one of the proposed sports for the 2020 games, but was cut from a long list of potential events. It seems the IOC has opened the bidding once again.

The eight shortlisted IFs are (sport alphabetical order):

1. World Baseball Softball Confederation – WBSC
2. World Bowling – WB
3. World Karate Federation – WKF
4. International Roller Sports Federation – FIRS
5. International Federation of Sport Climbing – IFSC
6. World Squash Federation – WSF
7. International Surfing Association – ISA
8. International Wushu Federation – IWUF

For more information on the 2020 games, visit here.