Ski mountaineering approved for the Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics program

The inclusion of ski mountaineering in the Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics program was unanimously approved by members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday during the organization’s session in Tokyo. .

International Ski Mountaineering Federation 2021 World Cup (Photo: Maurizio Torri / ISMF)

The positive vote follows a commendation of the IOC Executive Board last month which cited the sport’s strong debut at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Winter Games and its growing popularity in host Italy as well as internationally. IOC Program Commission Chairman Karl Stoss presented the plans for the sport in a session update.

Ski mountaineering is a skiing discipline that involves timed races by scaling mountains on skis or carrying them up and down rough terrain. The World Championships were first held for the sport in 2002 and the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) was formed in 2008.

With this new sport, five new medal-winning events will be added to the Games program and will be contested by 48 athletes – split equally between men and women – in the sprint and individual events as well as a mixed relay. There is no stand-alone venue requirement to host events and additional athletes will not affect the overall Games quota of 2,900 due to adjustments that will be made to other sports to balance the numbers.

The ISMF President responded to the news by saying “We are Olympic! “

“We are writing an important page in the history of winter sports.

“After many years of commitment, effort and passionate work, we have finally reached the top step and achieved the famous Olympic dream. It has been a long and intense journey, but now the satisfaction is unthinkable and the Skimo community must be proud of this accomplishment.

“I am sure that all my colleagues and the entire ski mountaineering world are feeling an indescribable emotion right now and I can assure that the ISMF will do everything possible to present a magnificent sport at the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026 . “

Milan Cortina 2026 will become the third Olympic Games to include at least one additional event in Agenda 2020. In Tokyo 2020, the new rules have brought back to the program baseball and softball, popular in the region, as well as karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.

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