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  1. 2020 Olympics: Climbing faces challenge for acceptance

    There has arguably never been an event more fitting of the Olympic motto - 'faster, higher, stronger' - than sport climbing.

    It is among four* new sports set to make Olympic debuts at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but climbing's inclusion has divided opinion.

    Some believe the new triathlon format, which will see athletes awarded medals based on scores across three formats - speed, lead and bouldering - is an exciting innovation.

    Others view it is a gimmick, destroying the art of each specialist climbing discipline and worry that Olympic rules risk of 'over regulating' the sport which thrives on freedom and expression.

    Shauna Coxsey
    Image caption: Shauna Coxsey became the first Briton to win the Bouldering World Cup
  2. How to follow the 2019 Climbing World Championships

    The Climbing World Championships are taking place in Hachioji, Japan. Over 253 athletes from 39 different countries are due to compete in what will include the first ever Olympic climbing qualifying event.

    BBC Sport will bring you live coverage across the tournament on the Red Button, BBC Sport website & app as well as on Connected TV.

    Saturday, 17 August

    09:20-10:45 - Women’s and Men’s Speed Finals

    Tuesday, 20 August

    08:15-12:45- Women’s Combined Final

    Wednesday, 21 August

    08:15-12:45- Men’s Combined Final

    You can catch-up on all the action for 30 days on the BBC iPlayer.

  3. What is Speed Climbing?

    This discipline is a straight race between two climbers from the ground to the top of a 15-metre wall.

    During qualification each athlete is given the opportunity to scale the wall in both lanes on the wall. For the final it is a simple knockout with the first to the top of the wall making it through.

    Iran’s Reza Alipour holds the men’s world record having scaled the wall in just 5.48 seconds in competition in 2017.

    Reza Alipourshenazandifar
  4. Get Inspired: How to get into climbing

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    Video caption: Rock climbing: What to expect when you try the sport

    How do I start?

    British Mountaineering Council (BMC) will be able to help you find a club near you in England and Wales. If you live in Scotland, get in touch with Mountaineering Scotland and in Northern Ireland, try Mountaineering Ireland.

    What to expect?

    • To get started you'll need ropes, harnesses, a helmet and comfortable shoes. Most climbing centres have these available for hire or purchase.
    • Paraclimbing is an inclusive sport which caters for all abilities. The BMC host the National Paraclimbing Series which is a competition open to any level of climber.
    • It's a perfect family activity because it's fun and it teaches teamwork and trust. The Youth Climbing Series offers climbing competitions for young people.
    • Regular climbing can improve stamina and all the reaching and stretching for holds improves flexibility and agility.
    • The activity uses lots of muscle groups, both in the upper and lower body. Your arms, back and shoulders as well as abdominal and leg muscles all get exercised.