The 2024 Summer Olympics in London could have a new event, and it’s not anything you would expect. On Tuesday, June 25, the International Olympic Committee announced that breakdancing has provisionally been added as an Olympic program for the Summer Games.
Three additional sports — skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing — were also added as provisional programs for the 2024 games.
“The four sports that Paris has proposed are all totally in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 because they contribute to making the programme more gender balanced and more urban, and offer the opportunity to connect with the younger generation,” said IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement. “The proposed sports are in line with these principles and enhance Paris 2024’s overall dynamic Games concept, which focuses on inclusivity, inspiring a new audience and hosting socially responsible Games.”
The events have been placed on the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020.
“I am delighted with the IOC Session’s vote in favor of our proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games program,” Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said.
“Our aim from the outset has been to highlight what has been the strength of the Games for 32 Olympiads now – the diversity of the sports and the excitement that comes with performance – while also taking the opportunity afforded by the IOC to enhance the program and offer a new dimension.”
Skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing have already been approved for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but they are not guaranteed for any future Summer Games until another vote.
The IOC Executive Board will make the final decision on the existing events, proposed new events and related athlete quotas for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 in December 2020, according to the official press release.
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