The modern Olympics began in 1896. Since then, the event continues to grow each year and requires years of planning and working. The Paris Olympics do not take place until 2024, but organizers are currently hard at work! Every year organizing committees don’t just plan locations and ceremonies, they can also suggest new games for the Olympics. This year the Paris planners suggested adding some fascinating sports to the Games, including breakdancing, surfing, and more! Here’s everything you need to know about the future of the Olympics.
New Games In 2024?
The next summer Olympics will take place in 2020 in Tokyo. However, plans for the 2024 Paris Olympics are already taking place. While this isn’t news to anyone, an unusual suggestion for an Olympic sport recently caused conversations around the world: breakdancing.
The 2024 Olympics will take place in Paris, France. Late last month, reports broke that the Organizers of the Games proposed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) wanted to add four new sports, including breakdancing. The other new sports included surfing, climbing, and skateboarding. It certainly seems like Paris is trying to bring extreme, unconventional sports to the international audience.
Changing Up Olympics Agendas
Last month, the official Paris Olympics 2024 Twitter account made the proposal public. The planning committee wrote (in translation): “An urban, universal, and popular sport, with more than a million BBoys and BGirls in France; we propose to bring Breakdance and its famous battles to the Paris2024 Games for the first time in the history of the Games.” Apparently, many in France breakdance and would love to see it become part of the Olympics!
“We are pleased to see that Paris 2024’s proposal for new sports to the Olympic program is very much in line with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, which is striving to make the Olympic programme gender-balanced, more youth-focused and more urban,” said officials in a statement to CNN.
The Dance That Spread Like Fire
An Olympic Program Commission spokesman explained the process, “If accepted, [the proposal] will then be presented to the IOC Session. After the Session, and following any necessary observation at the Tokyo 2020 Games, the final event program and athlete quotas for the new sports will then be finalized.” A complicated, long process, to say the least.
The rise of breakdancing over the past two decades might have inspired the Paris Olympics Organizers. During the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, breakdancing drew nearly 100,000 audience members every day, the most popular event by far. Additionally, with the rise of YouTube, the street dance that started in New York City in the ’70s spread like wildfire. Now, inseparable from hip-hop and R&B, with dancers and groups appearing in nearly every music video. Breakdancing in the Olympics might also be a way to draw in a newer, younger audience. Over the past few events, the Games’ ratings have declined, especially with younger audiences. Breakdancing, along with surfing and skateboarding, could be a great way to bring that demographic back.
So, why would anyone not want breakdancing in the Olympics? Well, some argue that it is not a real sport, requiring skill but not athleticism. However, many breakdancers disagree, stating that they are intense athletes just like swimmers, boxers, soccer players, and the like. Famous breakdancer Paco Boxy put the debate to rest, speaking to the Daily Mail: “A lot of people will look at breakdancing as just spinning on your head or doing the worm, but the people that I know train like athletes. They go to the gym swimming, train every day.”
It might finally be time to spice up the Olympics, and we can’t wait to see what happens next with this interesting proposal!