Olympics are traditionally known for sports like athletics, swimming, archery, shooting, tennis, basketball, gym and other mainstream sports. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is in charge of the Games. This group decides which new sports to add and subtract at each game. The organizers of the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France have an unusual request. They want to add Break dancing to the list of events.
Some of the older traditional sports like Squash and Karate might be overlooked to make way for the newly proposed inclusions and that has upset a lot of people. Despite that, the International Olympic Committee has found this proposal very attractive. They feel that break dancing is “gender-balanced, more youth-focused and more urban.”
What is breakdancing?
Breakdancing is an athletic style of street dance. It includes acrobatic movements usually set to hip-hop or funk music. The people who perform this style of dance are known as b-boys or b-girls or sometimes called breakers. This dance form began in the Bronx, New York, in the 1970s.
Breakdance, however, is not simply a style of dance. It’s a unique culture with its own history, language, culture and enormous variety of dance moves like headspins and air flares. Enjoy this video!
This isn’t break dancing’s first brush with the Olympics. The sport was introduced at the 2018 Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 3 categories – Boys, Girls & Mixed team. The youth welcomed the new sport and the ‘dance battles’ attracted a lot of crowds. That made the International Olympic Committee sit up and notice the popularity of the sport which is practiced the world over. There are many unofficial world championships when it comes to break-dancing and maybe it’s time to provide this sport some structure and official status.
Millions across the world break dance including over 1 million in France alone. Maybe that’s why the local organizing committee is adamant on introducing it in the biggest sporting carnival of the world. IOC officials will decide by December 2020 whether to add breakdancing to the 2024 Olympics.
The IOC is also proposing to include up to three other sports as well; skateboarding, surfing, and climbing. These sports will be included for the first time at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The IOC must decide whether to bring the sports back to Paris in 2024 along with break dancing.
Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Anchor of NDTV with over 9 years of experience as a sports journalist.