Breakdancing at the Olympics
Competitive dancing (Dancesport) was one of 12 sports in 2015 which was initially considered for inclusion in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games, but it did not survive the first cut. In February 2019, it was announced that Breakdancing was one of four sports (the others were: sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing) to be put forward for inclusion as additional sports on the program for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, and confirmed in December 2020. The proposed Paris 2024 men's and women's breakdancing event would involve head to head "battles" with 16 competitors in each.
Should Breakdancing be at the Olympics?
There was widespread criticism when it was announced that breakdancing would be included at the 2024 Olympics. There is contention whether dancing is even a sport, though anyone who knows about the competitive form of dance will agree that fits the criteria of a sport. Dancesport has similarities to the Winter sport of ice dancing and figure skating, so it is not unreasonable to think that it is a feasible option for inclusion at the Olympics.
- In possibly a sign of things to come, break dancing was part of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games program in Buenos Aires.
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- List of Olympic Sports
- About the sports of Dancesport and Breakdancing