Bach backs Olympic push for breakdancing

Sports | 29 Mar 2019

The International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, admitted that he's a fan of breakdancing's dizzy choreography as the street-wise discipline joined climbing, skateboarding and surfing in getting the provisional nod for the 2024 Paris Games.

"There's a very authentic expression, you feel the performance and the personalities of the athletes," said the 65-year-old after a meeting of the IOC's executive committee. "I must admit that I admire the movements."

The four sports will now be submitted to the IOC's session in June in the next step for inclusion on the Olympic program.

Climbing, skateboarding and surfing will make their Olympic debut in Tokyo next year, where they will be subject to a "program of monitoring."

Breakdancing, which is not on the Tokyo schedule, figured in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last October which is where Bach caught the bug.

Bach said the inclusion of the four sports will make the Paris Olympics "more gender balanced, more youthful and more urban."

They will "offer the opportunity to connect with the young generation".

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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