Olympic inclusion is a boost for climbers, says Britain's Horrocks

The inclusion of sport. mountaineering at Olympic Games is a boost for competitors as they will receive additional funds, allowing them to focus on their training, former British champion from Boulder Imogen Horrocks has said.

Sport mountaineering will make its debut in the Tokyo Games, which were scheduled to take place this year but have been postponed to July 23-August 8, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It would be mega for mountaineering . We would get so much more funding and have a lot more support," Horrocks told Reuters.

For athletes, unless you're number one, it's hard to get funding, so you have to do other things that take your training away.

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Sport mountaineering at Olympic Games will feature a combination of the speed, bouldering and lead disciplines so Horrocks, who only competes in bouldering, said she would give Tokyo, as well as the 2024 Paris Games, a miss.

I will not do Paris. I am not going to do the mixed events, since I mainly do bouldering. I don't speed or lead, so I really can't be a part of that.

With Britain locked up to curb the spread of the new coronavirus and without access to gyms and training facilities, Horrocks has used innovative ways to keep fit.

Supongo que se hace mucho entrenamiento con el peso corporal y diferentes tipos de ejercicios de movilidad. El slackline es una actividad popular entre los escaladores. Tenemos diferentes diapasones y tablas que cuelgan sobre las ramas y mucho trabajo at piso, agregó.