The world could see the next Michael Jackson emerging at Paris Olympic 2024
Paris, Feb 22: For the lovers of dance, specially breakdance, this is a great news. The Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOG) on Thursday, February 21, proposed inclusion of breakdancing as one of the four additional sports at the 2024 Olympic Games that Paris will host.
The other three are surfing, skateboarding and sports climbing that will make their debut at the mega sporting event in Tokyo in 2020.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) now has to give its approval for the proposal by December 2020. As per a report in CNN, an IOC spokesperson said the panel was pleased with the proposal as it was in line with rejuvenating the Greatest Show on Earth.
"We are pleased to see that Paris 2024's proposal for new sports to the Olympic programme 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," an IOC statement read.
Some other sporting disciplines like squash, billiards and chess were also in the contention but failed to make the cut.
Breakdancing was earlier included in the Youth Olympic Games that were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2018. Russia's Sergei Chernyshev won the gold medal in breakdancing in the boys' section there while Japan's Ramu Kawai won the same in the girls' category.
Three-time Olympic champion in canoeing Tony Estanguet who heads the organising committee of the Paris Olympic said the inclusion of breakdance would make the event "more urban" and "more artistic".