British bouldering specialist Shauna Coxsey in action during a sport climbing event. Photo: Eddie Fowke/IFSC

British bouldering specialist Shauna Coxsey in action during a sport climbing event. Photo: Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Organisers of the 2024 Olympic Games want to include sport climbing in the event.

The discipline is already scheduled for the 2020 Tokyo games, but the committee behind the following event, which will be staged in Paris, are proposing climbing again form part of the major sporting competition.

Other activities planned by the Paris Olympic and Paralympic organising committee are breakdancing, surfing and skateboarding.

The proposals will go before the International Olympic Committee’s board in March and, if accepted, will then be put forward to the IOC session in Lausanne, Switzerland, in June.

Marco Scolaris, president of the International Federation of Sport Climbing, said: “It is again a great day. Our climb goes on, and new challenges are taking shape beyond Tokyo.

“We are happy to see that Paris 2024 is supporting the new wave, which is strengthening the Olympic movement. We are grateful for the proposal’s recognition of the value of sport climbing and the work the IFSC has done. We are proud to be part of this process and we look forward to the next steps in the following months.

Sport climbing involves three disciplines: bouldering, lead and speed climbing and competitors in the Tokyo games will have to take part in all three sections.

The proposals for Paris 2024 involve splitting the climbing into two distinct competitions, increasing from six to 12 medals and 40 to 72 athletes in total. Under the proposal, 16 women and 16 men would compete for six medals in the speed discipline; 20 women and 20 men would compete for six medals based on the combination of results in the bouldering and lead disciplines.

Paris has twice hosted the Olympics, in 1900 and 1924.

Pierre You, president of the Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l’Escalade, the French Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing, said: “Sport climbing is making history in the Olympics and the world of sport.

“One century after 1924, there is now an opportunity at the next Olympic Games in Paris to celebrate a youthful sport, growing at a rapid pace all around the world. If there is any home of sport climbing, it is right here in France, and we know the entire climbing community is ready.”

Mr Scolaris said: “We look forward to working closely with the IOC and Paris 2024 to meet high expectations and make spectators of sport climbing active participants, from anywhere in the world.”

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