Breaking, or competitive breakdancing, has been set to be an Olympic sport for the first time at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. It was one of four sports to be approved for the summer games.
The executive board of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) approved the new sport as part of a broader sporting list on Paris 2024’s program and athlete quotas.
In addition to breakdancing, skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing were also approved for 2024 Olympics; however, all three sports will be a part of the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Recently, breakdancing has been provisionally added to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games schedule, and debuted at the Olympics’ Summer Youth Games in 2018.
Breakers pushed for the competitive dance style in order to be able to take part in the Olympics, citing qualities like the high entertainment value of the sport, which makes it an attractive addition to the Olympics.
However, while many breakers are interested in the sport’s addition to the Olympics, the campaign has got several push-back. Some dancers are afraid that the Olympics might cause breakdancing to lose some of its authenticity, or devalue aspects of breaking routines that are more difficult to judge.
The 2024 Paris Olympic Games are still scheduled to be hosted on time even though the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, although the specific logistics are stills uncertain, officials have confirmed the Tokyo Olympics will happen next year in spite of the ongoing world health crisis.
Organizers also announced on Monday that the 2024 Paris Olympics will be fully gender equal, with 50 percent female and male participation, in comparison with 48.8% female participation in the 2021 Tokyo version. The 2024 Olympics in Paris will also have 28 gender-equal sports, out of 32 total, and 22 mixed events, in comparison with 18 in Tokyo.