WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Breakdancing may be coming to the Olympics.
It is one of four new sports being proposed to the International Olympic committee for the 2024 Paris Games, alongside surfing, climbing and skateboarding.
The final decision will be made after the 2020 games in Tokyo.
In competitive breakdancing, breakers — alone or in teams — face off against each other in “battles,” taking turns to show off an array of imaginative, acrobatic and improvised moves to a DJ’s beats, watched by a judging panel that picks the winner.
Breakdancing was included in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.
Organizers noted the proposed sports have broad appeal to young people, large and active audiences on social media and, with skateboarding and breaking in particular, an urban base.
Breakdancing also satisfies the IOC's desire for less wasteful events, since the activity shouldn’t require large and complex infrastructure or venues.
The head of the Paris organizing committee, Tony Estanguet, said Paris organizers are also aiming to make the 2024 Games more participatory than ever, by allowing members of the public to test themselves against the performances of Olympic athletes, in the real world or virtually.
Regardless of whichever event makes the final cut, the Olympics in 2024 promises to be the most innovative to date.
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