Bust a move, Real Fam!
On Monday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that break dancing is an official Olympic sport and will make its debut at the 2024 Paris Games.
In an attempt to attract a younger audience, the organization said the “new flexibility is part of the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020” and that the decision “will help to make the Olympic Games Paris 2024 fit for a post-corona world.”
Per CNN, 16 b-boys and 16 b-girls — the term used for competitive breakers — will compete in one-on-one battles.
“Today is a historic occasion, not only for b-boys and b-girls but for all dancers around the world,” Shawn Tay, president of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), said in a statement.
“The WDSF could not be prouder to have breaking included at Paris 2024, and we thank everyone who helped make it possible: the executive board of the IOC, the Paris 2024 organizers, the WDSF staff and, most importantly, the breaking community itself. It was a true team effort to get to this moment and we will redouble our efforts in the lead-up to the Olympic Games to make sure the breaking competition at Paris 2024 will be unforgettable.”
Referred to as “breaking,” the sport was previously featured at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
The IOC also announced that skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing will be featured in Paris as well. Per The Associated Press, these three sports will make their debuts at the 2021 Tokyo Games.
Additionally, the organization says the Paris Games will have an equal number of male and female competitors and will feature more events that include teams of both genders.
“Athletics, boxing and cycling will reach full gender equality for the first time ever at Paris 2024, meaning 28 out of 32 sports on the Paris 2024 programme will be fully gender balanced,” they said.
The Tokyo Games were originally scheduled for 2020 but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, said he is “very, very confident” that spectators will be able to attend the Olympics in Japan.
“In order to protect the Japanese people, and out of respect for the Japanese people, the IOC will undertake a great effort so that ... the Olympic participants and visitors will arrive here vaccinated, if by then a vaccine is available,” Bach was quoted saying via CNN.