Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

During the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) added Sport Climbing to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The competition will include the Combined format which will feature all three Sport Climbing disciplines, Boulder, Lead and Speed in one event with a total of six medals handed out to our sport’s first Olympic athletes.

Qualified Athletes

Important Information:

What is the Combined Format?

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.

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.

Qualification Events

History was made at the IFSC World Championships 2019 in Hachioji, Japan, as Sport Climbing’s top athletes went head-to-head in the first qualifying event. At the conclusion of the competition, eight of the highest placed athletes per gender, with a maximum of two per country, had earned a quota place for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The second qualification event took place in Toulouse/Tournefeuille, France, where the top 20 athletes per gender in the Combined rankings  competed for the next six quota spots per gender for the Games. 

In 2020, a further eight athletes qualified through continental championships in Los Angeles, USA, in Moscow, Russia, in Cape Town, South Africa, and in Sydney, Australia. Two athletes per continent qualified through each championship: one man and one woman.

The final four Olympic positions were assigned based on the athletes' rankings at the 2019 World Championships, due to the cancellation of the Asian Championships as a result of COVID-19, and the reallocation of two unused quota places after Sport Climbing received no Tripartite Commission applications.


IFSC Oceania Championships 2020
IFSC African Championships 2020
IFSC European Championships 2020
IFSC Pan American Championships 2020 (women's)
IFSC Pan American Championships 2020 (men's)
IFSC Combined Qualifier 2019 (women's)
IFSC Combined Qualifier 2019 (men's)
IFSC World Championships 2019 (women's)
IFSC World Championships 2019 (men's)

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