Olympic Games 2024 in Paris: Breakdance, Climbing, Surfing and Skateboarding Offered as Guest Sports

New guest sports at Olympic Games in 2024 in Paris

During a presentation on Thursday, Paris-2024 has proposed four sports guest for the Olympic Games. They must be validated by the International Olympic Committee.

The organisers of Paris-2024 have officially proposed Thursday breakdance, climbing, surfing and skateboarding as sports invited to the program of their Olympic Games.

This choice responds to the organisers’ desire to “connect to the sports that are striking all over the world to bring to the Games a more urban dimension, more sport of nature, more artistic”, underlined Tony Estanguet, the boss of Paris-2024, during a presentation in the district of La Defense in Paris.

Acrobatic dance from hip-hop culture

This selection, which would be added to the 28 sports already on the program, must still be validated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December 2020. Breakdance, an acrobatic dance from hip-hop culture, would make its first appearance in the world. Olympic Games in 2024 while the other three sports are already invited to Tokyo-2020.

The breakdance appeared at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires in 2018, in the form of duels (“battles”) separated by judges. Candidates could qualify by sending a video online. This discipline is attached to the World Federation of Dance Sports (WDSF).

10 500 athletes

The IOC and the French Organizing Committee (Cojo) announced that the number of athletes hosted would be capped at 10,500 for the Paris-2024 Olympics, which limited the chances of collective sports. The Cojo had also indicated that the invited sports should not require new constructions of perennial equipment.

For surfing, Biarritz, allied to three municipalities of the Landes (Capbreton-Hossegor-Seignosse) has already filed a file to host the discipline, as Lacanau (Gironde).

The projected total budget of the Olympic Games is now 6.8 billion euros: 3.8 billion, from the private sector (CIO, sponsors, ticketing), are devoted to the organization of competitions – a figure that can evolve according to the receipts – and 3 billion, of which 1.5 billion provided by the public authorities (State, collectivities), are devoted to the sites for the durable equipments.


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