One of the four pillars of hip-hop, breakdancing, became an Olympic competition on Monday for the 2024 Paris Summer Games following a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The addition is an attempt to increase interest in the Olympics among younger audiences. Also appearing in the Paris Games by the rule of the IOC are skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. But those three sports will premiere at the upcoming COVID-delayed Tokyo Games, set to start on July 23, 2021.
Paris officials proposed breaking – its official Olympic title – close to two years ago after the event was favorably received at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Reflecting how much of an impact they believe the sport could have, the dancers will flex their moves at the coveted downtown venue of Place de le Concorde, playing host to sport climbing and 3-on-3 basketball, too.
Meanwhile, surfing will take place more than 9,000 miles away on the Pacific Ocean shores of Tahiti. Across the 28 different sports currently highlighted at the Summer Olympics, 41 new events were proposed, like ocean rowing and parkour. The IOC rejected all of them.
It's fitting that breaking will make Olympic history in Paris, as the city boasts a booming love for hip-hop culture and is home to the second-largest rap market in the world in terms of production and consumption. As a result, breakdancing, which got its legs in the Seine-Saint-Denis region many years ago, is a celebrated activity. Red Bull chose Paris for its 2019 Dance Your Style World Final, seen above.
Unfortunately, 10 medal events were eliminated from the 339 scheduled to happen in Tokyo, including four from weightlifting. 10,500 total athletes will descend upon Paris in 2024.