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A dozen young men and women stand before a rock face on the outskirts of Islamabad, challenging and cheering each other on as they take turns scrambling up the limestone in front of curious onlookers.Until now: Climbing enthusiasts such as Nazir Ahmed, who runs the Eco Adventure Club in Islamabad, which organised the day at the climbing wall for its young members, say there is growing interest in rock and mountain climbing.Climbing will for the first time be included as an Olympic sport in Tokyo in 2020, potentially giving Pakistan -- which sent a team of only seven people to the current Games in Rio -- a tantalising new medal route.Its walls stretch 40 feet high with various difficulty levels. The more testing gradients slope backwards, forcing a climber to fight hard not to slip.Not every city is blessed with natural hill and rock faces that allow for climbing, so in 2013 Khan set up a new club and wall in a Lahore park.In these joint expeditions, the foreign climbers are charged only 50 percent of the regular fee but are asked to arrange logistics, such as travel and supplies, for local members in return.
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