Breakdancing is being heavily considered for the Olympics and could be a medal event by the 2024 games in Paris.
The summer Olympic games is one of the biggest events on Earth. Every four years, the eyes of billions of people around the world are intently watching one city. All of those people rooting for athletes from their own countries. The US and China trying to win as many medals as possible, while smaller nations are trying just as hard to win one, perhaps even that country's first.
Although the Olympics was something thought up by the ancient Greeks thousands of years ago, how we know it today started in 1896. We say how we know it today, the games that took place that year were likely almost unrecognizable from the ones we watched in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. Events have been added and taken away during that time and that continues to happen.
In fact, in 2020 when the Olympics head to Tokyo, we will see three brand new events enter the fray. Surfing, sports climbing, and skateboarding. As reported by CBC, although those sports will be a part of the Olympics in 2020, the International Olympic Committee is still monitoring them and they may not return when the games head to Paris in 2024. Another event on that shortlist is breakdancing.
While breakdancing will not be a medal event in Tokyo, it is being strongly considered for the Olympics in Paris four years later. The IOC's executive board has recommended it be an event in 2024. From here, the sport will continue to be assessed which will involve looking at how it is managed and the integrity of its competitions and judging. A final decision will be made regarding its inclusion in December 2020.
There will undoubtedly be traditionalists who hear this news and roll their eyes, maybe even question if breakdancing is a sport at all. IOC president Thomas Bach has an answer for those of you who might be skeptical. Breakdancing along with the three events that will make their debuts in Tokyo are "new opportunities to connect with the young generation." Hard to argue with, and personally, we look forward to getting to see more of all of them.