Los Angeles proposes adding paraclimbing to 2028 Paralympics

In this Sept. 13, 2017, file photo, an LA 2028 sign is seen in front of a blazing Olympic cauldron.
Organizers of the 2028 Paralympics in Los Angeles are proposing adding paraclimbing to the list of 22 sports already scheduled for the Games. (Richard Vogel / Associated Press)

The LA28 organizing committee is proposing adding paraclimbing to its list of 22 sports already scheduled for the 2028 Paralympics in Los Angeles.

“We see this as a unique chance to give more athletes the ability to compete on the world’s biggest stage,” said Janet Evans, the committee’s chief athlete officer.

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The International Paralympic Committee’s governing board will vote on officially adding a para version of the event at a meeting later this month. If approved, the new sport would join other sports such as sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.

LA28 is also staging the Summer Olympics and recently added baseball, softball, flag football, cricket, lacrosse and squash to that competition.

The 2028 Paralympics are scheduled to take place in Los Angeles Aug. 15-27 that year.

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.