Competitive breakdancing, or breaking as it is officially known, will become an Olympic sport for the very first time at the 2024 Paris Olympics. It is one of four additional sports, including skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, to be approved by the Paris 2024 Organising Committee.

Paris organisers have made a few changes to the 2024 programme based on recommendations of the Olympic Programme Commission. The main features of Paris 2024’s Olympic programme include:

Exactly 50% male and female participation, following on from the gender equality already achieved for Tokyo 2020, which will have 48.8% female participation.

– Growth of mixed gender events, from 18 to 22, compared to Tokyo 2020.

– Skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and breaking are confirmed as additional sports based on a proposal by Paris 2024. Breaking will make its Olympic debut.

– Reduction in the overall athlete quota (including the new sports) to exactly 10 500.

– Reduction in the overall number of events, with a final programme of 329 events.

“With this programme, we are making the Olympic Games Paris 2024 fit for the post-corona world. We are further reducing the cost and complexity of hosting the Games,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“While we will achieve gender equality already at the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, we will see for the first time in Olympic history the participation of the exact same number of female athletes as male athletes. There is also a strong focus on youth.”

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 next year will be the first gender-equal Olympic Games, with an overall 48.8% female participation, which will be further increased at Paris 2024, reaching the exact same number of male and female athletes for the first time in Olympic history.

Athletics, boxing and cycling will reach full gender equality for the first time ever at Paris 2024, meaning 28 out of 32 sports on the Paris 2024 programme will be fully gender-balanced.

Paris 2024 will also feature more mixed events on the programme, growing from 18 (at Tokyo 2020) to 22.

The 2020 Summer Olympics is expected to take place in Tokyo in July 2021.

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