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breakdancing (and skateboarding) provisionally approved for 2024 Olympics

Breakdancing
still from Vox breakdancing video below

There’s been talk that breakdancing could officially become an Olympic sport, and it’s now one step closer to being included in the 2024 Olympics, which happens in Paris. It’s been provisionally approved — along with skateboarding, surfing, and more — to be included in 2024, and skateboarding and surfing are already set to debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Via Olympic.org:

Paris 2024 is the second Organising Committee (OCOG) that has had the possibility to propose additional sports for its edition of the Games to the IOC. This flexibility is part of the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020.

“The four sports that Paris has proposed are all totally in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 because they contribute to making the programme more gender balanced and more urban, and offer the opportunity to connect with the younger generation,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “The proposed sports are in line with these principles and enhance Paris 2024’s overall dynamic Games concept, which focuses on inclusivity, inspiring a new audience and hosting socially responsible Games.”

Breaking and sport climbing both appeared as medal events at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, while skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their debut on the Olympic programme in Tokyo next year.

[…] “I am delighted with the IOC Session’s vote in favour of our proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games programme,” said Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet. “Our aim from the outset has been to highlight what has been the strength of the Games for 32 Olympiads now – the diversity of the sports and the excitement that comes with performance – while also taking the opportunity afforded by the IOC to enhance the programme and offer a new dimension.”

Watch a DJ Kool Herc video with old school breakdancing footage and a Vox video on “How the Bronx brought breaking to the world,” below…

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