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IOC votes to add breakdancing and skateboarding to 2024 Summer Olympics programme

The International Olympic Committee voted on Tuesday in support of adding breaking, popularly known as breakdancing, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing to the Paris 2024 Olympic programme.

The sports face one final review in late 2020 before a final decision is taken on their inclusion, according to quotes by IOC President Thomas Bach in Channel News Asia. The performance of surfing, climbing and skateboarding at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be included in this decision.

Climbing, skateboarding and surfing will all make their debuts at Tokyo 2020. Breakdancing and climbing were events at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

It’s planned that the four sports will have a total of 248 athletes split evenly between men and women.

The Paris Games’ organisers have said they aim to deliver a programme that can attract a new and younger audience.  Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said in a statement: “ Our aim from the outset has been to highlight what has been the strength of the Games for 32 Olympiads now – the diversity of the sports and the excitement that comes with performance – while also taking the opportunity afforded by the IOC to enhance the programme and offer a new dimension.”