Break-dancing became an official Olympic sport on Monday. The International Olympic Committee’s pursuit of urban events to lure a younger audience saw street dance battles officially added to the medal events program at the 2024 Paris Games.
Also confirmed for Paris by the IOC executive board were skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. Those three sports will make their Olympic debuts at the Tokyo Games, which were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic by one year and slated to open July 23, 2021.
However, Paris organizers need time to prepare their project and so the IOC kept to its longtime schedule to confirm the 2024 sports lineup this month even before some are tested in Tokyo. Break-dancing will be called breaking at the Olympics, as it was in the 1970s by hip-hop pioneers in the United States.
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Skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and breaking were confirmed today as additional sports for the Olympic Games #Paris2024. They were proposed by the Organising Committee. Breaking will make its Olympic debut. #IOCEB
— Christian Klaue (@ChKlaue) December 7, 2020