Breakdance will take its first steps in the Olympic arena at the Paris Games in 2024. This is the main novelty of a program less generous than in Tokyo but modernized and equal, the International Olympic Committee ruled on Monday, December 7th. (CIO).
A key step in the preparation of the Paris Olympics, the IOC Executive Board has approved a menu intended for ” reduce the cost and complexity of hosting the Games », According to his boss Thomas Bach. The number of athletes therefore drops from 11,092 in Tokyo to 10,500 in Paris, and the podiums from 339 to 329, while achieving for the first time a strict parity and eyeing towards ” the youth “, Summarized the German leader.
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Among the sacrificed: the 50 km walk for men, on the program of the Olympic Games since 1932. This race, emblematic of its complex gestures and its shortcomings, like that of Frenchman Yohann Diniz at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will be replaced by ” a mixed test to be defined “, According to the IOC. In a separate statement, the International Athletics Federation announced that it is considering ” a mixed walking event »And will consult the athletes before a decision at the end of May 2021 at the latest.
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Weightlifting and boxing show the greatest losses in athletes and events, a sign of the Olympic decline of these two historic federations, shaken by governance or doping scandals. Among the big winners, the four “additional” disciplines added to the 28 summer Olympic sports: in addition to breakdance, the IOC has renewed the climbing, surfing and skateboarding already scheduled in Tokyo.
Gatien announces “phenomenal success” of breakdance
” There will be a breath of fresh air behind these new sports “, Rejoiced during a press point Jean-Philippe Gatien, former silver medalist table tennis player at the 1992 Olympics and sports director for Paris 2024. He predicted” phenomenal success “To breakdance, or” breaking “for its participants, a branch of hip hop born in the 1970s on the asphalt of the Bronx: first refereed by the cheers of the neighborhood, its games have been the subject of international tournaments for 30 years , including the “Battle of the Year” created in 1991.
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A future ” urban park “Welcoming breaking and skateboarding is scheduled on Place de la Concorde, Paris 2024 recalled in a press release, and will also host” concerts and performances “.
Surfing will experience a clear evolution between Tokyo and Paris: the Japanese have opted for the beach of Tsurigasaki, with rollers deemed wise, while Paris 2024 has chosen the site of Teahupoo in Tahiti, whose waves are among the most powerful. and perilous to the world. ” Among surfers there is great excitement around Paris 2024, especially in Tahiti “, Underlined the French Justine Dupont, specialist of the giant waves and president of the commission of the athletes of the International Surfing Federation (ISA), saluting in Teahupoo” a sacred place “.
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Finally, in traditional disciplines, the number of mixed events will drop from 18 in Tokyo to 22 in Paris, announced the IOC: in addition to the future athletics event, sailing will organize two mixed races in kitesurfing and “470”, and thinks about a ” mixed ocean racing “.