Sport

Sport climbing fighting for spot in next Olympic Games

Liu Hiu Ying of Hong Kong completes in the Sport Climbing Women's Lead Final on Day 4 of the 3rd Asian Beach Games Haiyang 2012 on June 20, 2012 in Haiyang, China.
Liu Hiu Ying of Hong Kong completes in the Sport Climbing Women's Lead Final on Day 4 of the 3rd Asian Beach Games Haiyang 2012 on June 20, 2012 in Haiyang, China. Getty Images / Feng Li

ATHLETES are used to climbing mountains to win Olympic gold.

Soon they may have to climb rocks. Well, purpose-built rock walls anyway.

The competition for inclusion in the 2020 Games is continuing to heat up.

While the field for hosting duties is down to three - Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid - seven sports are still eyeing a berth on the biggest stage in the world.

As well as baseball and softball, roller derby, wakeboarding, karate and Wushu (a Chinese martial arts), sport climbing is also vying for the right to be added to the program.

The International Olympic Committee will decide in September next year whether to include one of the sports at the 2020 Games.

With the maximum 28 sports featuring in Rio in 2016 - including the newly added golf and rugby sevens - one existing sport would have to be dropped for one of the seven hopefuls to be added.

To be considered for inclusion in the Olympics, a sport must be widely practiced in at least 75 countries, spread over four continents.

Baseball and softball were the first sports to be omitted from the Games since polo in 1936 when they were both culled from London 2012.

IOC officials attended the sport climbing world championships in Paris in September, and will hear a submission next month from members of the International Federation of Sport Climbing.

Squash, which has had two failed bids to be added to the Olympics, is under the IOC microscope this week with officials attending the Hong Kong Open.

"Hong Kong is the perfect place for the IOC's inspection," world No.1 player Malayasian Nicol David told the South China Morning Post.

"I have no doubt that we can impress the IOC."

Leading players also recently tried to raise the sport's profile by staging flash mob dances in Malaysia and New York.

Topics:  baseball, olympic games, softball, squash


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

New $3m criterium track to be built for cyclists

New laws for passing cyclists are now in place.

Years of campaigning for a new cycling facility has finally paid off

Greyhound trainer brought possums to use as live bait

Michael John Chapman at Ipswich Courthouse.

Greyhound trainer escapes jail time for his role in live baiting

Balloons soar for Monique three years after disappearance

THREE years after Monique Clubb went missing - Nikki Duncan, her daughter Ebony and Monique's brother Mickey at Torquay Jetty.

The fight to find Monique hasn’t ended

Latest deals and offers

Missing Ipswich girls found

TWO girls reported missing from Ipswich have been found safe and well.

New $3m criterium track to be built for cyclists

New laws for passing cyclists are now in place.

Years of campaigning for a new cycling facility has finally paid off

Greyhound trainer brought possums to use as live bait

Michael John Chapman at Ipswich Courthouse.

Greyhound trainer escapes jail time for his role in live baiting

Balloons soar for Monique three years after disappearance

THREE years after Monique Clubb went missing - Nikki Duncan, her daughter Ebony and Monique's brother Mickey at Torquay Jetty.

The fight to find Monique hasn’t ended

Mayor Tanya Milligan concerned over approval of bores

Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayor Tanya Milligan has expressed concerns at the approval of six bores for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing constructor Nexus Infrastructure.Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star

Lockyer Valley mayor Tanya Milligan concerned over approval of bores

Man to face manslaughter charge over 97-year-old's death

A driver allegedly crashed into numerous cars at an intersection on Warwick Rd and drove off. He has now been charged with manslaughter.

Charges upgraded over Warwick Rd crash

Learn to empower business with guest speaker

Damian Morgan will exchange ideas with some of West Brisbane and Ipswich business leaders during a series of free seminars he will be holding at The Lions Richlands on Thursday June 16.

Damian Morgan to speak at business leaders seminar

Vivid timelapse

Screenshot from timelapse of Sydney's Vivid Festival

This timelapse shows Sydney's Vivid Festival

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%