Breakdancing

Breakdancing has been proposed for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, organisers have announced, according to BBC.

The acrobatic style of street dance, typically set for hip-hop or funk music has never been considered before for an Olympics. It is now set for inclusion alongside climbing, skateboarding and surfing, which are already confirmed for Tokyo 2020.

The four extra sports come on top of the 28 sports already on the programme.

Breakdancing was included in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018 in the form of “battles” or duels decided by judges, and falls under the auspices of the World Dance Sport Federations (WDSF).

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will consider the proposal and must reach a decision by December 2020.

According to BBC, Tony Estanguet, a three-time canoeing Olympic champion and head of the Paris 2024 organising committee, said the inclusion of the new sports would make the Olympics “more urban” and “more artistic”.

Russia’s Sergei Chernyshev, competing under the nickname Bumblebee, won the first breakdancing – known as ‘breaking’ – gold medal for boys at last year’s Youth Olympics, while Japan’s Ramu Kawai won the girls’ title.

The Olympic Programme Commission will now review this proposal and will make a recommendation to the IOC Executive Board, while the final decision will be taken by an IOC Session.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from 24th July to 9th August in Tokyo, Japan.