If earning an Olympic medal has been on your list of hopes and dreams, then this news is for you.
Break dancing has been approved as an Olympic sport and will make its debut at the 2024 games in Paris, France.
Along with breakdancing, skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing were also added to the list of official Olympic sports earlier this week. While breakdancing will not make its debut until the 2024 Games, the other three will debut at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed until 2021. Breaking will take place at the Place de le Concorde in Paris, alongside 3-on-3 basketball, and sport climbing.
Break dancing, which will be referred to as "breaking" at the games, was proposed about two years ago after trial runs at the 2018 Youth Olympic in Buenos Aires showed promise. Breaking is the original term used to refer to this type of dancing and was coined back in the 1970s by hip-hop innovators at the time. Part of the appeal for inclusion in the Olympic Games is the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) desire to attract younger audiences for the games.
The IOC will consider a sport for inclusion through a process that includes lobbying and advocacy from a sports federation. An extensive questionnaire, which can run as long as 100 pages, are part of the process to prove a sport Olympic worthy. It includes information on the sport’s appeal, information on gender equality, fan enthusiasm, global participation, social media interests, cost of venues, the potential for television audiences, and more. What value the sport will bring to the Olympic Games, the history of the sport, and whether it represents the Olympic values are all part of the consideration criteria.
The IOC has been working to create a more youthful appeal, so the inclusion of sports like breakdancing, and skateboarding are a deliberate move in that direction.
Along with the inclusion of these new sports, the IOC also made some cuts and changes to the Games. Among them is a new requirement that Olympic athletes will arrive at their lodgings no more than five days prior to their competition event. Athletes must leave within two days after their competitions are done. This will start at the Tokyo Olympics as part of an effort to limit the risk of spreading COVID-19.
What do you think about break dancing as an Olympic sport? Does the inclusion inspire anyone to give this new avenue of competition a try? We want to hear from you in the comments.