Opinion | Breakdancing Involves the Olympics

A dancer performs throughout a breakdance contest in Paris, Feb. 23, 2019.


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Browsing, skateboarding and sport climbing are actually official Olympic sports activities. They’ll debut subsequent yr on the delayed Summer time Video games in Tokyo and in 2024 in Paris. The Worldwide Olympic Committee introduced the choice Dec. 7.

The opposite sport to be launched in France might be breakdancing, which began within the Nineteen Seventies with African-American and Hispanic road youth dancing, spinning and twirling to hip-hop and rap music. The IOC has been pushing to incorporate city occasions like breakdancing to entice youthful viewers. However is breakdancing actually a sport?

The committee has modified its thoughts on sports activities up to now. In February 2013 the IOC introduced it might take away Greco-Roman wrestling, which dates again to the unique Olympics in historic Athens, from competitors in 2020. An enormous public outcry ensued, and the choice was reversed that September.

In the meantime, some fascinating and strange examples of Olympic occasions have been held and discontinued. Tug of conflict was an Olympic medal sport beginning with the second fashionable Olympics, in 1900, however was eradicated after 1920. Why not convey it again? Working collectively as a workforce to construct up power, endurance and precision completely suits with the Olympic spirit.

Some occasions gave out medals which have nonetheless by no means been established as official or unofficial by the IOC. Skilled and volunteer firefighters competed in 1900. Angling was contested, with 600 fishermen (principally from France) collaborating in six competitions.

Then there are the eccentricities. Kite-flying was held in 1900, as was ballooning and cannon capturing. Sled-dog racing was demonstrated in 1932. Ice inventory sport, or Bavarian curling, appeared in 1936 and 1964. Opponents for portray, sculpture, music and literature had been awarded medals from 1912-48. There have been additionally seven occasions in 1900 for pigeon racing. However no birds obtained medals.

If kites, balloons, cannonballs, canines and birds are adequate for the Olympics, possibly breakdancing isn’t misplaced in any case.

Mr. Taube, a columnist for Troy Media and Loonie Politics, was a speechwriter for former Canadian Prime Minister

Stephen Harper.

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Appeared within the December 24, 2020, print version.

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