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"Climbing is on the precipice of becoming an Olympic sport, raising the profile of a recreational activity that is seeing a surge in young participants."
"Competitive rock climbing just overcame a major crux en route to becoming an official Olympic sport," Seeker notes.
"The International Olympic Committee announced this week that climbing is one of four new sports under consideration for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The committee meets this August in Rio to decide, according to Climbing magazine."
"Climbing was initially rejected from the 2020 Olympics in 2013. However, a new program allows the host country to propose sports with broad local and international appeal. Climbing was included on the original list of 26 sports that applied, and has since made each cut as the group was whittled down to the final remaining five.
"This decision will only affect the Tokyo Games, as the host city's selections are not binding on future Games hosts."
"Five sports, including baseball, skateboarding and surfing, are set to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the IOC on Wednesday recommended them to attract a younger audience and boost local support for the Games.
"The International Olympic Committee must now rubber-stamp the inclusion of skateboarding, surfing, sports climbing and karate plus the joint baseball/softball bid at its session in Rio de Janeiro in August."
Highlights from the 2014 Ring of Fire Sport Climbing Finals.
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