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Climbing moves closer to Olympic status

Posted 6 July 2011
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Climbing moves closer to Olympic status
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Climbing is one of eight sports being considered for addition to the 2020 Olympics programme.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has announced that baseball, karate, softball, roller sports, squash, wakeboard and wushu are the others in contention.

Enthusiasts will have to wait until the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires in 2013 to see if climbing gear will be featured in the event.

The British Mountaineering Council has stated that it supports the inclusion of climbing on the shortlist.

Chief executive officer of the organisation Dave Turnbull added that it will give people an insight into what is a challenging and enjoyable pastime.

"This is a great opportunity to put climbing on the world stage and an exciting prospect for the British Climbing Team, which continues to go from strength to strength," he noted.

Scottish climber Dave MacLeod recently completed a route on the UK's largest sea cliff which had been deemed too dangerous to free climb, the BBC reports.