2014 Youth Olympic Games

Dec. 16, 2013, 9:09 a.m. (ET)
Sporting "flexibility" emphasised by Bach as new sports announced for Nanjing 2014

Saturday, 14 December 2013

By Nick Butler

Sport climbing, roller sports and skateboarding will each be showcased at next year's Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach revealed today. 

The presence of the three sports was highlighted by Bach as one of a number of decisions agreed following the conclusion of a special brainstorming session of the IOC Executive Board Meeting in the Swiss resort of Montreux.

Bach clarified that "performances" in the three sports - along with another in wushu which had previously been announced - will not occur in a competitive sense but to raise awareness of them to the citizens of Nanjing and a global youth population.

The announcement marks an upturn in fortunes for roller sports, sport climbing and wushu in particular as they, along with wakeboarding and karate, were the sports eliminated in the first round of voting for inclusion at the 2020 Games, a race ultimately won by wrestling.

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