Breakdancing is now one step closer to entering the 2024 Olympic Games on Tuesday, and organizers are now looking to book street venues in Paris. In Olympic circles, this is being called breaking, and a medal debut for the same was held in October at the Buenos Aires Youth Summer Games. Street dancing competitions will have 16 athletes in each of the men’s and women’s medal competitions in Paris.
Members of the IOC have formally endorsed requests from Paris officials in February and an executive board of the IOC has concurred with the decision to add breakdancing. A final decision is expected in December 2020.
Paris intends to include four more sports to the program. The other three are skateboarding, sport climbing , and surfing. These will make debuts at the Summer Games in Tokyo in the coming year. The president of the Paris 2024, Tony Estanguet, said that the search for a venue will begin on Wednesday, now that the IOC has agreed.
Estranguet was reported saying that the new additions represent the values of openness and diversity. They will also generate engagement with a large number of young people.
Breaking will also be an event at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. The sports program for LA Olympics will be decided in 2021 and is likely to include breaking, according to the IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell. He said that surfing will spread the Paris Olympics to span beyond just Paris, towards the southwest French city of Biarritz, while sailing will take place in Marseille. The 2024 venue will be chosen on the basis of natural waves, as France is a hot spot for surfing locations across the Atlantic coast. French Polynesia, and the Caribbean along with the Indian Ocean could be proposed locations according to the President of International Surfing Association Fernando Aguerre.
Many options for these locations are available and all these seem positive. All four sports will still prove to be observers in the Olympics, but could still be removed from the proposed program before the final approval by the IOC board. A replacement sport, though, may not be available.