Breaking, a competitive form of breakdancing, will make its debut at the 2024 Paris Olympics following confirmation from an International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting earlier this week.
The Paris 2024 organising committee had proposed breakdancing as a possible entrant to the Olympics last year, alongside surfing, climbing and skateboarding. A final review resolved the events that will go ahead during the Games by the IOC’s executive board.
Breaking will be the only one of the four events that will not feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Parkour was another event that was proposed to be included in Paris 2024, however, has not been selected for inclusion after Parkour Earth, the organisers of the sport urged officials to reject adding the sport to the Games after claiming there had been a “hostile takeover” of the sport by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).
Organisers of the Paris Games are keen to attract a new and younger audience to the Olympics, something that aligns closely to the plans from the IOC.
New rules set out by the IOC, first utilised by the Tokyo Games, meant that host cities were able to select sports for inclusion in their Games if they are popular in their respective countries and add to the appeal of the world-famous competition, an argument that was put forward as part of the proposal to see parkour included in the 2024 events as Paris is the city the sport originated from.
Author: Jake Wilkin