Thirty-three sports and 5,000 medals: Climbing takes its place on Olympic Schedule


Winner of the 2018 World Championships, held in Innsbruck in September, Janja Garnbret is a top contender for the 2020 Olympics. Photo: Eddie Fowke- IFSC


Tokyo Organizing Committee has revealed the final event schedule for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, with climbing taking place in the final week, as announced April 16. Between July 22 and August 9t, approximately 5,000 medals will be awarded for Olympic and Paralympic Games, as posted on Tokyo 2020. Among the 33 sports, climbing will debut as “Sport Climbing,” a speed, bouldering and lead combined event.

Sport Climbing will kick off on Tuesday, August 4, with Men’s Combined Qualification. Top athletes will move on to compete in the Final round on the 6th, with the women competing in between. The complete Sport Climbing schedule appears below.

Climbing will take place in the Aomi Urban Sports Park, located on the waterfront of the iconic Tokyo Bay. It is the closest of the 42 venues to the Tokyo International Airport. According to 2020 games, the Aomi Urban Sports Park is a temporary structure built as part of an effort to connect with a younger audience by featuring urban sports. Sport Climbing will share the venue with 3*3 Basketball as well as Football 5-a-side. Skateboarding street events and BMX freestyle will also occur in the same area.

Tokyo 2020 states, “The Aomi and Ariake zones will be hotspots for urban sports and are likely to resonate with a vibrant atmosphere, highlighting the innovations in the sports programme aimed at making Tokyo 2020 ‘More Youth, More Urban, More Women.'”

The complete event schedule can be found on Tokyo 2020.

Sport Climbing Schedule

Tuesday Aug 4t

Men’s Combined Qualification- Speed / Bouldering / Lead — 5pm-10:40 p.m. JST

Wednesday Aug 5t

Women’s Combined Qualification- Speed / Bouldering / Lead — 5pm-10:40 p.m. JST

Thursday Aug 6t

Men’s Combined Final- Speed / Bouldering / Lead / Victory Ceremony — 5:30pm-10:20 p.m. JST

Friday Aug 7t

Men’s Combined Final- Speed / Bouldering / Lead / Victory Ceremony — 5:30pm-10:20 p.m. JST

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  • Delaney Miller is a three time U.S. Champion in the open Sports Climbing Series. In total, Miller has won 12 Championship titles between youth and adult, National and Pan-American competitions. She has three years of coaching experience and a degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University.

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