Lausanne: Breakdancing is one of four new sports, along with skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing, to get the Olympic green light on Monday to join the 2024 Paris Games.
The four sports were added as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Committee met to ratify the Paris 2024 program.
Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have already been added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics program, which will take place in 2021 after a one-year postponement due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Break Dancing, who grew up with hip hop in the South Bronx in New York in the 1970s and officially called “breaking” in sports terms, appeared head to head at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.
Sergei Chernyshev of Russia, competing under the nickname Bumblebee, won the first break-dancing gold medal for the girls, while Ramu Kawai of Japan won the girls’ title.
Sports unions that already have Olympic status have been disappointed in their efforts to increase the number of events in their sport, as IOC President Thomas Bach said none of the proposed 41 events would be included in Paris.
Some sports have replaced their existing event numbers in some events, but Bach said medal contests have actually dropped from 339 to 329.
Bach said the quota of athletes was set at 10,500 for Paris, including four new sports.
This represents a 600 percent decrease from the Tokyo Games, but gender equality is achieved for the first time in Olympic history in Paris.


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