Breakdancing has been confirmed as an Olympic sport at Paris 2024.
The street dance – which will be known as ‘breaking’ at the Games – has been added by the International Olympic Committee as they look to have a ‘strong focus on youth’.
It was also confirmed on Monday that skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing, which are set to make their debuts at next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, will stay on the programme for Paris.
Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing are already part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which has been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The three sports had been proposed along with karate by the Japanese hosts.
Paris Games organisers have said they want to deliver a programme that is in keeping with the times and will attract a new and younger audience.
But the request of the International Gymnastics Federation to add parkour – a street activity involving running, jumping and climbing over obstacles – was rejected.
The overall athlete quota in France has been reduced to 10,500 – 592 fewer than Tokyo – and for the first time at an Olympics there will be an exact 50-50 split of male and female participants.
IOC president Thomas Bach said: ‘With this programme, we are making Paris 2024 fit for the post-corona world. We are further reducing the cost and complexity of hosting the Games.’
Meanwhile, athletes have been told they must not arrive in Tokyo more than five days before the start of their competition – and they must leave two days after they finish.
Under new IOC rules first introduced for the Tokyo Games, Olympic host cities can hand-pick sports and propose them for inclusion in those Games if they are popular in that country and add to the Games’ appeal.
Cost-cutting measures will see athlete numbers drop from 11,238 at Rio 2016 to under 10,500 by 2024, which will be achieved despite the addition of new disciplines and the removal of only baseball/softball and karate.
News Source: Daily Mail