The IOC informed the IFSC shortly before the deadline for entries in September that another quota, 1 female athlete and 1 male athlete, is given to the Sport Climbing event at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. The additional quota raises the number of qualified athletes to 21 female athletes and 21 male athletes.
This increase was decided in order to ensure the largest engagement possible of the local audience in front of their national athletes and the largest participation of athletes and countries in Buenos Aires, while staying inside the overall number of participating athletes at the 3rd edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games.
"We welcome with pleasure the arrival of two new athletes and new countries. This will be the first Olympic event ever for Sport Climbing and the larger the participation, the stronger the legacy and excitement on the road to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020," says Jérôme Meyer, IFSC Head of Olympic Coordination.