The 2024 Olympic Games will look different to many of the previous editions of the international sporting event. The 59th campaign will be held in Paris witnessing four new sports: breakdancing, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing.
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Although the 2020 edition of the Olympics is still yet to be held in Japan, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to the Paris edition of the Olympic Games 2024. As mentioned, there are four new sports set to debut and breakdancing is perhaps one of the biggest to be featuring.
After a successful campaign in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games that were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Breakdancing – which is known as breakdance by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – is set to debut in 2024.
It is believed that the three medal events that were held at the 2018 Youth Games managed to draw in crowds of more than 30,000 people each day. Those figures have been made available by the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF).
According to information having already been made available, breakdance at the Paris Olympic Games 2024 will see 16 b-boys and 16 b-boys (the term used for competitive breakers, or breakdances) compete against each other in a format that follows a one vs one battle. It is hoped that breakdance will help to attract a younger and new audience to the Olympic Games, as the IOC are keen to keep audiences as high as possible.
Skateboarding is due to debut at the Japan Olympic Games 2020 when it finally takes place in 2021, although there will still be some excitement about it when it takes place at the Paris’s Games of 2024.
Skateboarding will see athletes compete in two different Olympic disciplines, with ‘Park’ and ‘Street’ being used. ‘Park’ will see athletes compete in a hollowed-out bowl for spins and tricks whereas ‘street’ will compete on a course that has rails, stairs and benches.
There has been some doubt about including skateboarding to the Olympic Games, though, with stakes fearing what could happen to the sport.
Just like skateboarding, surfing is due to debut in Japan in 2021 but will also make an appearance at the Olympic Games 2024. Although the sport might appear to be a little exclusive in regards to the athletes that are able to compete in it, surfing will provide something incredibly different for viewers watching the Olympic Games and could provide a significant impact on the sport, such as attracting new athletes to take it up in the near future.
As the last of the four newer sports to take place at the Paris Olympic Games 2024 sport climbing, will take part in the Olympic action when they watch the Japan Olympic Games in 2021. Again, it was one of the four sports that had been introduced to initially take place at that version of the major sporting event.
In Olympic sport climbing, athletes will look to climb a wall that features a number of different holds that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Athletes will be able to compete in three disciplines: ‘Speed’ is where they need to be quick as the aim is to scale a 50-foot wall as fast as possible; ‘Bouldering’ which is where competitors will need to scale a number of fixed routes in a set time period and ‘Lead’ which is where athletes will need to climb as high as possible in a given amount of time.
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