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Olympics 2024: Breakdancing confirmed as new sport for Paris games

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Breakdancing has been added as an Olympic sport for the 2024 games being held in Paris.

The decision was confirmed by the International Olympic Committee on Monday, as it seeks to attract a younger audience to the historic competition.

Other newly added sports include skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, all of which will debut at the delayed Olympics in Tokyo in 2021.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 30: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout image provided by Red Bull, Fabiano "Neguin" Lopes (R) of Brazil competes against Fouad "Lil Zoo" Ambelj (L) of Morocco during the Red Bull BC One breakdancing world finals at Jamsil Arena on November 30, 2013 at Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Treml/Red Bull via Getty Images)
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2013: Fabiano Lopes and (below) Victor Moltavo compete at the Red Bull BC One breakdancing world finals
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout image provided by Red Bull, Victor Bernudez Moltavo of the USA competes at the Red Bull BC One Breakdancing World Finals at La Grande Halle de la Villette on November 28, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Treml/Red Bull via Getty Images)

Breakdancing will be called breaking when competitors take to the floor in Paris.

The idea was proposed two years ago after trials at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, proved a success.

At the youth games, the contestants faced each other in one-on-one dance-offs.

Russian Sergei “Bumblebee” Chernyshev won gold in the men’s competition, while Japan’s Ramu “Ram” Kawai topped the podium in the women’s ladder.

In 2024, the dance-offs will take place at a downtown venue in the French capital, alongside sport climbing and 3v3 basketball.

According to a 2019 Olympic programme commission report, an estimated one million people take part in breakdancing.

France's b-boy silver medal Martin (L), Russia's b-boy gold medal Bumblebee (C) and Japan's b-boy bronze medal Shigelix (R) pose in the podium at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 08, 2018.
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France’s breakdancing silver medallist Martin Lejeune (L), Russia’s gold medallist Bumblebee (C) and Japan’s bronze medallist Nakari “Shigelix” Shigeyuki (R) at the 2018 youth games

The 2019 Red Bull BC One World Final had more that 50 million views across a number of online platforms.

Logan “Logistx” Edra, a 17-year-old American dancer, said: “It can resonate with a lot of people because hip-hop culture resonates with a lot of people, hip-hop music resonates with a lot of people.”

She added: “It being in the Olympics, it makes sense that people would refer to it as (a sport) but I think one thing for the breaking community is we want to make sure that it’s not known as just a sport but an art, a sport, a culture.”

Logistx (Elann Logan Edra) from the US performs on the stage of the break dance final at the World Urban Games in Budapest, Hungary on September 14, 2019.
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Logan Edra has said breakdancing is not just a sport, but an art and a culture

Ronnie Abaldonado has been a competitive breakdancer since 2004 and won the 2007 Red Bull BC One World Final.

He said: “The biggest part is your stage presence and character and your rhythm, whether or not you’re really feeling it.

“People can hit the moves but if you’re not feeling what they’re doing then you just kind of look robotic and that’s what kind of separates it being a sport to it being an art form.”

Breakdancing has been confirmed as a sport at the 2024 games
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Breakdancing will take part at a downtown venue in Paris

Breaking pioneer Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon said: “This is true folk art from the music to the dance, to the DJ to the rapper.

“We’ve already legitimized ourselves so we’re not looking to the Olympics for legitimacy.”

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