Olympic Games: Paris organisers propose breakdancing to IOC as a new sport for 2024

Russia’s Sergei Chernyshev, competing under the nickname Bumblebee, won breaking gold at the 2018 Youth Olympics

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

It is one of four sports that Paris organisers will propose to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as surfing, climbing and skateboarding.

Surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding will make their Olympic debuts at Tokyo 2020.

Breakdancing was included in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.

The IOC will consider the proposal and must reach a decision by December 2020.

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.

Team GB had no breaking competitors in Buenos Aires.

Squash was one of several sports to campaign unsuccessfully for inclusion in the Paris Games, in addition to billiard sports and chess.

Bumblebee wins first breaking gold for boys in Youth Olympics

Analysis

BBC Sport Olympic reporter Nick Hope

Although there will be considerable ‘sniggers’ amongst Olympic purists – and further dismay in the world of squash – the Olympic Games are changing.

I admit, I was someone sceptical about several sports with little history or experience bidding to be part of the Olympic movement being thrown into last year’s Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires by the IOC.

However – ‘breaking’ was one of the major success stories of the Games and it plays perfectly into the IOC’s drive to boost the ‘youth’ appeal of the senior Olympics.

I spent several days at their ‘urban park’ in Argentina, which was the venue for a host of ‘new’ sports such as breaking, sport climbing, freestyle BMX and 3v3 basketball – and every day was a sellout.

People voted in their thousands there and given what I witnessed I’ve no doubts that ‘breaking’ will be a huge success in Paris.

Today’s news does raise questions about the future of karate which will debut in Tokyo – after heavy pressure from the Japanese organisers who dominate the sport – but could well disappear from the Games line-up after just one outing.

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