Olympics: World's top climber stays focused amid coronavirus crisis

Climbing has been due to make its Olympic debut in this summer's Tokyo Games, but the world's best are facing an anxious wait to know if they'll get to compete for medals anytime soon, due to the coronavirus.

Janja Garnbret, the world's top female climber and a two-time world champion is remaining calm and focused as speculation continues over whether the games can go ahead as planned.


“Right now, we are a little bit, how to say, scared or worried if the Olympics will take place or not.”

There are around 10,000 athletes still finding ways to train for the Olympics, which organizers are still insisting will go ahead as scheduled, even though the global sports calendar has ground to a halt due to the pandemic.

She is lucky in the sense she has secured her place for the Games already, but many other qualifying events have been put on hold.

If the Games were pushed back by a year she's confident she could adapt.


"It wouldn't mess my preparations, because anyway I would prepare like I would for any competition. So I think if they were postponed it wouldn't be such a problem, because I would train hard anyway."

One possibility being floated is that the Games are held without spectators but Garnbret wants a full house to watch her bid to win climbing’s first Olympic gold, but in her own words - she's not going to stress over it.