The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially added breakdancing to the Olympic Games scheduled to be held in Paris in 2024.
As a result, it is now officially inappropriate to scoff at b-boys, boarders, grommets, and recreational climbers as breakdancing, skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing have all been added to the official list of Olympic medal-winning sports.
This announcement is seen by many as a way to draw interest among younger viewers and Olympic hopefuls. It was first announced that skateboarding, surfing, and climbing would make their first-ever Olympic appearance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. However, due to COVID-19, the games have been rescheduled for July 23rd, 2021.
While fans are excited about the addition of new sports, other sports have been cut or scaled back for the 2024 Olympic games, including boxing and weightlifting. Weightlifting will be restricted to just 120 athletes in Paris and could see total suspension soon due to doping accusations. Boxing will remain in the Tokyo Olympics, but the sport’s governing body was derecognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2019, so its future is uncertain.
Breakdancing will be called “Breaking” at the 2024 Olympic games and will share the prestigious Place de le Concorde venue with sport climbing and 3 on 3 basketball.
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) recently announced that they would boost the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) budget to further develop PH Olympic athletes. After a strong showing in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA), many Filipinos believe that the country could earn its first Olympic gold medal in the near future.
To date, the Philippines has won a total of 10 Olympic medals but never a gold. Most of the Philippines’ success at the Olympics has come from the sport of boxing and only Malaysia has won more Olympic medals (11) without receiving a gold.
Betting on the Olympics can be done legally with offshore sportsbooks that accept PH players. Gambling laws in the Philippines ban anyone from betting on domestic events through domestic sports betting services. However, PH residents can legally bet on domestic events with sportsbooks located outside of the Philippines.
While for now, most Olympic athletes are focused on the 2021 Olympics, it would not be surprising to see the Philippines put together a b-boy squad soon. Now that the sport will be awarded a medal at the 2024 Olympics, it is time to bring it, bring it on.