Breakdancing was among four games given a temporary green light for incorporation in the Paris 2024 Games by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday, IOC President Thomas Bach said.
The Paris 2024 organizing committee in February proposed surfing, skateboarding, and sport climbing as well as breakdancing for consideration in the Games.
“We decided to recommend the four sports [for ratification] to the IOC session in June in Lausanne,” Bach told a news conference. “It is a provisional inclusion because the final decision should only be taken at the end of 2020.”
Surfing, climbing, and skateboarding will be a piece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and their execution as new sports there will be key for their final incorporation in Paris.
“There will be a meeting in November 2020 and a board meeting in December where the final decision should be taken. In the meantime there is a monitoring programme… to see how they perform, to look at governance, integrity of competitions, refereeing and judging system,” Bach said.
The Paris Games organisers have said they want to deliver a programme that will be “in keeping with the times and inspire new audiences and attract young people … and which can be played anywhere and anytime in urban and other environments.”
Under new IOC rules first presented for the Tokyo Games, Olympic host cities can hand-pick sports and propose them for consideration in those Games on the off chance that they are mainstream in that nation and add to the Games’ allure.
The IOC is anxious to invigorate the’s games sports program to stay important to sponsors, supporters and fans.
Also on Wednesday, the IOC board agreed to continue helping North and South Korean athletes and officials work together despite diplomatic setbacks between the neighboring governments in recent days.
Joint Korean groups are being set up in four games to endeavor to meet all requirements for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and a co-facilitating offer for the 2032 Summer Games is a conceivable point.
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