Urban Events Coming to the Olympic Games

Breakdancing, also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling is a type of athletic street dance originating in the USA. As of today it is one of the world’s newest Olympic sports that participants can medal in and will be called ‘breaking’, just as it was commonly referred to in the 1970’s by early pioneers of the dance style in New York.

Clearly, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is trying to get the world’s younger generation to tune in to the Olympic Games and they have chosen to do so by incorporating some sports that will attract them such as skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing.

These street dance battles will debut at the 2024 Paris Games, while skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing will make their debut next year in Tokyo. The IOC stressed that they have two immediate long-term goals: incorporating more urban events and ensuring equal participation between men and women in the Olympic Games going forward.

41 additional Summer Games events were suggested, including ocean rowing and parkour, but all increases were rejected. Instead, two extreme canoe slalom events will replace canoe sprints while the 50km men’s race walk will be replaced with a mixed gender team event.

In accordance with their second long-term goal, the Executive Board of the IOC has vowed to implement athlete quotas based on gender equality. For example, 28 out of 32 sports will be fully gender equal so that the Paris 2024 Games has exactly 50% male and 50% female participants. Gender equality has already been achieved for the Tokyo Games with 48.8% female participants.

Written by: Kelly Stewart