The Paris Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games proposed adding sport climbing and bouldering to the 2024 Games, with a separate competition for speed climbing. That’s two climbing competitions.

Climbing will make its Olympic debut during the 2020 Games held in Tokyo, Japan. Many celebrated the move. But a large portion of the climbing community was upset by its inclusion — mostly due to format.

In Tokyo, climbers will combine performances in bouldering, sport, and speed climbing events for a grand total and a chance at one medal.

Announced on February 21, the Paris 2024 Olympics will consider competitions for lead and bouldering in addition to a separate speed climbing competition. This move, if accepted, would double the medal count available for climbing. It would also increase the amount of Olympic climbers to 72, up from 40 in 2020.


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