Could breakdancing become an Olympic sport?

Mounir Biba.
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Breakdancing could soon become an Olympic sport.

That's right, breakdancing, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing could all be on the agenda for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, if the French organising committee has its way.

"We have to connect to the sports that are taking off all around the world, as well as the historic sports," said Paris organising committee head Tony Estanguet.

"The Games have a constant challenge of connecting with the new generations," Estanguet added.

"For us, it's all the more important, because if we want to get young people into practicing sports, it's easier with sports that speak to them."

The organising committee says the four additional sports would provide a total of 12 events, with 248 athletes taking part - 96 of them in skateboarding alone.

Equal numbers of male and female athletes would take part in the new sports.

The proposal has to be agreed by the International Olympic Committee, which will rule on it after the 2020 Tokyo Games, Estanguet said.

Surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing have already been added to the agenda for Tokyo, along with baseball/softball and karate.


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