How you could qualify for the Olympic Games!

Alexander Megos

Ahead of the upcoming IFSC Combined World Championships in Japan (11th – 21st August 2019), we take a look at how the qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo works!

All in all there will be 40 climbers competing at the Olympic Games; 20 men and 20 women, with a maximum of two men and two women per country. Four of those spots (two men and two women) are already reserved – two for the host country, Japan and two for the Tripartite Commission. The Tripartite Commission is a group of three organisations (National Olympic Committee, International Olympic Committee and International Sporting Federation) that can award Olympic places based on special circumstances.

In order to qualify for one of these sought after spots, there are a number of qualification events:

Qualification
Places
Automatic qualification:
Host country, Japan
2 (1 ♂, 1 ♀)
Automatic qualification:
Tripartite Commission
2 (1 ♂, 1 ♀)
IFSC Combined World Championships
(Japan, 11 – 21 August 2019)
14 (7 ♂, 7 ♀)
Olympic Qualifying Event
(Toulouse, 28 Nov – 1st Dec 2019)
12 (6 ♂, 6 ♀)
Africa Championship
(TBA 2020)
2 (1 ♂, 1 ♀)
Americas Championship
(LA, 27 Feb – 1 Mar 2020)
2 (1 ♂, 1 ♀)
Asia Championship
(18 – 24 May 2020)
2 (1 ♂, 1 ♀)
Europe Championship
(Moscow, 16 – 18 April 2020)
2 (1 ♂, 1 ♀)
Oceania Championship
(18 – 19 April 2020)
2 (1 ♂, 1 ♀)
Total
40 (20 ♂, 20 ♀)

 
The format of the actual olympic games will consist of three disciplines: lead climbing, speed climbing and bouldering. There will be one event and three medals (gold, silver and bronze) for men and one event and three medals (gold, silver and bronze) for women. The winners will be determined based on who performs best across all three disciplines.

So now we just hold our breath and wait to see who we can cheer on at the Olympic Games and who will take home gold at the end of the day! Good luck to everyone who tries out for qualification!

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