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Breaking at the 2018 YOG in Argentina.

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IOC EB accepts Paris 2024 proposal for new sports, including breaking

Date : 28 Mar 2019

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 27, 2019: The IOC Executive Board on Wednesday supported the recommendation of the Olympic Programme Commission to put forward Paris 2024’s proposal for new sports – breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing – to the upcoming IOC Session in June. The final decision will be made by the IOC EB meeting in December 2020.

“All four of these proposed sports are clearly in line with Olympic Agenda 2020. They contribute to making the programme of the Olympic Games more gender balanced, more youthful and more urban. They offer the opportunity to connect with the young generation,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“Pending the outcome of the IOC Session, it is important to note that the sports would be provisionally included. The final decision should be taken only at the end of 2020.”

Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet commented: “When considering new sports for our proposal, we were guided by three principles – sustainability, sports that speak to youth and those that reflect Paris 2024’s identity.

“We wanted to choose popular sports that are inclusive, accessible and promote creativity while best complimenting the existing sports programme. We believe these four sports are an opportunity to bring new audiences to the Olympic Games.”

Breaking and sport climbing both appeared as medal events at the YOG in Buenos Aires 2018, while skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their debuts on the Olympic programme in Tokyo.

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