This handout picture taken and released on December 7, 2020 by the International Olympic Committee shows IOC president Thomas Bach speaking during an IOC Executive Board Meetings at Olympic House in Lausanne. – Breakdancing was one of four new sports along with skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing to get the Olympic green light on Decmber 7, 2020 for inclusion at the 2024 Paris Games. (Photo by Greg MARTIN / OIS/IOC / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / IOC / GREG MARTIN ” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS(AFP)
Breakdancing 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 to open on July 23, 2021.
However, Paris organizers need time to prepare their project and so the IOC kept to its long-time schedule to confirm the 2024 sports lineup this month even before some are tested in Tokyo.
Breakdancing will be called breaking at the Olympics, as it was in the 1970s by hip-hop pioneers in the United States.
It was proposed by Paris organizers almost two years ago after positive trials at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Breaking passed further stages of approval in 2019 from separate decisions by the IOC board and full membership.
In Paris, breaking has been given a prestige downtown venue, joining sport climbing and 3-on-3 basketball at Place de le Concorde.
Surfing will be held far from France — more than 15,000 kilometers (9,000 miles) away in the Pacific Ocean — at the beaches of Tahiti, as the IOC already agreed in March.