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.”