Russia's b-boy Bumblebee (L) competes against Japan's b-boy Shigelix during a battle at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 08, 2018. - The Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires hosted the world's best youth break dancers to compete for the first ever Olympic medal in the athletic art. (Photo by EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP) (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Breakdancing, a dance style that began in the 1970s in the Bronx in New York City, may be included in the 2024 Paris Olympics alongside skateboarding, surfing and climbing.

Speaking at a press conference in Paris on Thursday, Tony Estanguet, president of the Paris 2024 organizing committee, called the possible inclusion of the four sports a major step forward in our ambition to organize unique Olympic Games.”

Although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) won’t make a final decision on the Paris 2024 sports program until after the 2020 Tokyo Games, the news has already caused a bit of a stir.

“Just looking down the list of unusual Olympic sports,” tweeted Richard Conway, the BBC’s sports news correspondent. “Horse long jump (1900) Plunge for distance (1904) Tug of war (1900-1920) Solo synchronised swimming (1984) 100-metre freestyle for Greek sailors (1896) Swimming obstacle race (1900). Breakdancing seems quite tame in comparison.”

“Paris 2024 is the biggest step forward that breaking ever made,” Mounir, a prominent French breakdancer who served as a judge at the Youth Olympics, told reporters in Paris. “It’s time to give back confidence to the youth all around the world and change the face of the Olympic Games.”


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