Kazakhstan and China join Japan in Tokyo 2020 sport climbing

Japan’s ANOC World Beach Games sport climbing champion Miho Nonaka has qualified for Tokyo 2020. © Red Bull
Japan’s ANOC World Beach Games sport climbing champion Miho Nonaka has qualified for Tokyo 2020. © Red Bull

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 8, 2021: The International Federation of Sport Climbing has issued a list of the qualified athletes for Tokyo 2020.

Sport climbing will make its Olympic Games debut this summer with a total of 40 athletes – 20 in the women’s combined and 20 in the men’s combined.

The format involves the three sport climbing disciplines of bouldering, lead and speed.

The women’s field includes Japan’s Akiyo Noguchi and Miho Nonaka and China’s Song Yiling, while the men’s event will feature Japanese duo Tomoa Narasaki and Kai Harada, Kazakhstan’s Rishat Khaibullin and China’s Pan Yufei.

Harada and Nonaka won the gold medal in the men’s and women’s sport climbing event, respectively, at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in Doha in October 2019.

With 19 of the 20 qualifiers in each event confirmed, the final place will be decided by a tripartite commission invitation.

Sport climbing was added to the Tokyo 2020 sports programme during the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The new Olympic combined format brings together all three sport climbing disciplines in one big event. Athletes need to have enough strength, endurance and power to come out on top at the end of two full days of competition in each event.

Following each round of competition, the athletes will be ranked based on their results. These results will then be multiplied against each other for an overall combined score. The climber with the lowest score wins the gold medal.

The sport climbing competition will take place at Aomi Urban Sports Park and run over four days from August 3-6.

Source: https://www.ifsc-climbing.org