Breakdancing could be an Olympic Sport at Paris 2024

Following huge success at Youth Olympics in 2018, breakdancing has been proposed as a guest sport at the Paris Olympics

Breakdancing, surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding could feature in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, organisers have announced.

Surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding will make their Olympic debuts at Tokyo 2020, and breakdancing was a success when it was included in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in 2018.

The IOC will consider the proposals and reach a decision by December 2020.

Tony Estanguet, a three-time canoeing Olympic champion and head of the Paris 2024 organising committee, said the inclusion of the new sports would make the Olympics "connect with sports that are hitting the mark around the world to bring a more urban, natural and artistic dimension to the Games".

Russia's Sergei Chernyshev, competing under the nickname Bumblebee, won the first breakdancing - known as 'breaking' - gold medal for boys at last year's Youth Olympics, while Japan's Ramu Kawai won the girls' title.

Squash was one of several sports to campaign unsuccessfully for inclusion in the Paris Games, along with billiards and chess.

The IOC and the Organising Committee had earlier announced that the number of athletes hosted would be capped at 10,500 for the 2024 Olympic Games. The OCOG also stated that the invited sports should not require new construction of permanent equipment.

For surfing, Biarritz has already submitted a dossier to host the discipline, as has Lacanau, located in Gironde. The four proposed new disciplines would be in addition to the 28 sports already on the Games programme. 

The Paris games will open on July 26, 2024. The French capital will become the second city - after London - to host the modern Olympics three times having staged the event in 1900 and 1924.

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