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13 Mar 2023 16:24
With only 100 days to go before the start of the European Games 2023 in Kraków-Małopolska, registration for the ticketing system has officially begun.
Anyone who registers now will have the opportunity to buy 4 tickets for a chosen sport with a 25% discount. The offer is valid for the first 10,000 tickets sold.
It is also worth remembering that admission to some sports will be free. This will be the case for teqball, padel, muaythai and kickboxing. And furthermore, access to the Silesian Stadium during the first three days of the athletics competition will be free and open to all.
Fan registration was launched on Monday 13th of March and ticket sales will start at the beginning of April.
25 Feb 2023 15:53
With valuable ranking points for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on the line, B-boy Amir of Kazakhstan and b-girl 671 of the People’s Republic of China arrived at the WDSF Breaking for Gold World Series in Japan with one goal in mind: victory.
Neither disappointed, emerging from a pool of 180 Breakers from 48 countries to win gold in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,000 at the Kitakyushu Convention and Visitors Association in Kokura, Kitakyushu City.
Amir navigated his way out of a precarious pre-selection round on Friday that saw Olympic hopefuls Phil Wizard (Canada), Dany (France), Kid Karam (Great Britain), and Wigor (Poland) all fail to reach the knockout stage.
He then overcame legendary Dutch b-boy Menno in the quarterfinals before edging crowd-favourite Shigekix (Japan) 5-4 in the deciding set of the semis to book a gold-medal showdown against b-boy Jeffro of the United States.
Amir made quick work of eventual runner-up Jeffro, dominating the first two sets 8-1 and 7-2 to earn his rightful place at the top of the medals podium.
Asked what the secret to his golden performance was, the 25-year-old Kazakhstani said simply: “Make art. Be yourself.”
Shigekix, fresh off an All-Japan Breaking title earlier in the week, had to settle for bronze after defeating Ukraine’s Kuzya in the battle for third.
The top three b-girls from the WDSF World Rankings also finished on the podium in Kitakyushu, with No. 1-seed India of the Netherlands defeating b-girl Ami of Japan in the final and Italy’s b-girl Anti claiming bronze.
It was no cakewalk for teenager 671, who needed to dig deep in the final set to overcome a spirited performance from Ami. The judges gave the first round to Ami 6-3 before 671 found another gear to win the last two frames 7-2, 5-4.
“After the final I feel tired,” 671 told Olympics.com. “This was the first battle of the year so I’m really happy.
“We take a lot of time to prepare for the battles. I think b-Boys and b-Girls are always confident.
“The Olympics is my dream. I hope I can stand on the Olympic stage. Of course, I want to win a medal.”
In total, 99 b-boys representing 44 countries made the trek to Japan for the World Series along with 81 b-girls from 38 countries.
“It was really successful, more than what I expected and it’s because of all the support from the Breaking community,” said Head Judge KATSU ONE. “Thank you all for coming to Japan.”
Chairperson and Head of the WDSF Breaking Division b-boy Bojin, said: “This was one of the best WDSF Breaking events so far, and we will continue putting in this effort for all Breakers, to bring it back to the community.”
The next BfG World Series event is scheduled for 14-15 April in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For all upcoming competitions, check out the Paris 2024 qualification calendar, with a detailed explanation of the qualification process here.
Relive all the action from the final day of the WDSF Breaking for Gold World Series in Kitakyushu via the Olympic Channel.
Bojin (Chinese Taipei)
KATSU ONE (Japan)
Octopus (Republic of Korea)
Rush (New Zealand)
Aya (Chinese Taipei)
Mar Ski (Japan)
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15 Feb 2023 08:50
Ahead of the upcoming WDSF Breaking for Gold World Series in Brazil on 14-15 April 2023, the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) wishes to clarify a number of points regarding athlete eligibility and qualification.
All National Member Bodies (NMBs) are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the information and to contact the WDSF Sports Department at [email protected] for any additional explanation.
Date: 14-15 April 2023
Location: Arena Carioca 2, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Organizer: CNDD - Conselho Nacional de Danca Desportiva
Organizer contact: +55 11 96357 6450; [email protected]
Three (3) athletes per gender per National Member Body (NMB) are eligible to participate.
The highest-ranking athletes per country will be automatically nominated to participate according to the WDSF BfG Ranking List (b-boys; b-girls) on 1 March 2023, unless:
The WDSF wishes to draw attention again to the fact that from 1 January 2023, participation at Breaking For Gold World Series events will be limited to the three (3) top-ranked b-boys and three top-ranked b-girls per NMB.
For NMBs with national ranking systems approved by the WDSF: Their highest-ranking athlete (1) per gender on the WDSF BfG World Ranking List qualifies to participate at BfG World Series events in 2023, in addition to the two (2) next highest-ranked athletes per gender on the national ranking or by NMB nomination. Nominations will be made by National RLS Administrators through the WDSF Competition Registration System (CRS), subject to approval by the WDSF Sports Department. No tickets, flights, accommodation, etc., should be purchased until nominations are confirmed.
For NMBs without national ranking systems approved by the WDSF: Their three (3) highest-ranking athletes per gender on the WDSF BfG World Ranking List qualify to participate at BfG World Series events in 2023. The selection will be made according to the ranking list on the 1st day of the month immediately preceding the month of each event (1 March 2023 for the WDSF BfG World Series in Brazil).
Wild card: In accordance with the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Olympic Agenda 2020+5, which recommends widening the scope of engagement with and attracting the best athletes, the WDSF has implemented a wild-card system to ensure that all b-boys and b-girls around the world have an equal opportunity to participate at BfG World Series events in 2023. The WDSF Vice President for Sport has the right to grant a wild card per NMB/BfG World Series up to 1 July 2023 that will also apply to Breakers from countries without NMBs or limited or no access otherwise to WDSF events. A wild card can be issued to Breakers in countries that 1) have no athlete on the WDSF BfG World Ranking List and 2) whose National Ranking System has not been approved by the WDSF.
More information on participation at BfG World Series events and the qualification process for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 can be found here.
NMBs still looking for recognition of their national ranking lists must immediately:
If an NMB cannot provide proof to the WDSF Sports Department of the three (3) requirements mentioned above, their athlete nominations will not be accepted. In that case all three (3) athletes per gender will be selected according to the WDSF BfG World Ranking List, when possible.
To be eligible for participation, the status of b-boys and b-girls must be “active” on the day of nomination, i.e., 1 March 2023. Please note that all athletes are automatically notified 30 days before the expiration of their license. It is the responsibility of each athlete to ensure their status remains active.
23 Jan 2023 13:14
On 17 January, Paris 2024 and official and exclusive hospitality provider for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, On Location, launched a new online platform enabling members of the public to purchase customisable hospitality packages for the upcoming Olympic Games Paris 2024.
The packages include guaranteed tickets to sporting sessions and a broad array of additional options including hotels, transport and unique experiences in competition venues and around the city of Paris.
From today (17 January), fans will be able to choose hospitality experiences that can be personalised to their own needs, including length of stay, accommodation and a broad range of exciting sport and non-sport-related experiences that will bring their stay in the city of Paris to life.
And to ensure fans from all over the world can enjoy them, the hospitality experiences have been priced accessibly with entry-priced packages (with Olympic Games ticket included) beginning below €100 including VAT.
Paul Caine, President of On Location, said of the groundbreaking program: “We believe that attending the Olympic Games should be an experience of a lifetime and, together with Paris 2024 and the IOC, we have worked to develop a newly elevated and innovative Hospitality offering that has guaranteed tickets to attend the sport of your choice. We have something for everyone for whatever their hearts desire. We couldn’t be more excited to bring unforgettable Hospitality experiences for fans and their loved ones to The City of Light.”
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President of Paris 2024 Tony Estanguet spoke with excitement about the new hospitality platform, which will be the first of its kind to be available for an Olympic Games. “We are delighted to launch, together with On Location, the first ever global e-commerce platform offering hospitality for the Olympic Games that will be accessible to all budgets," he said, before later adding, "Our 'Games Wide Open' concept is reflected through this innovative platform, which will open up hospitality to members of the public, allowing them to make their once-in-a-lifetime experience even more special.”
The Official Paris 2024 hospitality program is built on three pillars for the general public, corporate entities and stakeholders, including:
For the very first time, 90% of Olympic sports are available with a hospitality offer, whether on competition sites or in the heart of the city of Paris.
Consumers and general sports fans should visit the dedicated hospitality e-commerce platform to discover a range of packages being offered: https://hospitalitytravelpackages.paris2024.org.
For large group orders (from 11 people) and corporate enquiries, please visit the hospitality B2B booking platform to discuss packages tailored to specific requirements and preferences https://corporateHospitality.paris2024.org.
To support the delivery of its global sales and servicing strategy, On Location has established a global network of sub-distributors, in parallel to its global e-commerce platform, who have extensive knowledge of local markets and expertise in the marketing of Hospitality products. This network will ensure that as many fans as possible have the chance to attend the Olympic Games Paris 2024 for a once-in-a-lifetime Hospitality experience.
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20 Dec 2022 14:33
The first Brazilian National Breaking Championship in history has been successfully held in São Paulo, and by all accounts it could become a template for similar competitions around the world.
The two-day event was jointly organized by the Conselho Nacional de Dança Desportiva (CNDD) and International Master Crews and marked the start of the national ranking phase for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, where Breaking will make its Olympic debut.
The competition attracted over 5,000 spectators, with thousands more watching online thanks to live coverage on Canal Olímpico, the official channel of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB).
The battles featured 117 Breakers from 18 states and all five regions of the country and were on fire from the outset, routinely bringing the assembled crowds to their feet.
In the end it was b-boy Luan San and b-girl Toquinha who emerged triumphant, overcoming b-boy Leony and b-girl Mini Japa, respectively, in the finals. B-boy Rato EVN and b-girl Fran rounded out the medals podium.
In the kids’ competition, 13-year-old b-boy Samukinha won gold, 12-year-old b-girl Mary D claimed silver and 12-year old b-girl Angel won bronze.
The event was a crucial opportunity for organizers to gauge the level of talent in Brazil and for athletes to get their first taste of the WDSF judging system that will be used in Olympic qualifying and at the Games in 2024.
On hand to officiate the proceedings was an international panel of officials that included:
The event received high praise across the board: from the level of competition to the selection of the venue to logistics and event management.
“This was the best Nationals I have attended so far,” said Max, a sentiment shared by fellow officials Bojin and MG. “They brought an authentic Breaking approach that kept the values of Hip Hop culture while combining it with sport. All I can say is: ‘Bravo’!”
MG added that the event “could definitely become a standard for other countries to follow,” adding that the seminars and workshops offered after the battles provided a great chance for national team hopefuls and the CNDD to better understand the qualification process for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, the WDSF ranking system, event structure and other important topics.
“I really hope a Breaking For Gold World Series and Challenge Series event will take place in 2023 in Brazil, as it’s crucial for the further development of the Latin America region,” MG added. “This would also be a great opportunity for the international Breaking community to experience Brazilian culture and a high-quality event.”
Following the success of the event, a Breaking for Gold World Series and Challenge Series in Brazil are now being seriously considered by the CNDD, according to its President Patric Tebaldi.
“We at the CNDD are doing our best to develop the Breaking discipline in Brazil,” Tebaldi said. “Organizing a Brazilian Championship of this size and with this quality is the merit of our team and the partnerships we are building, especially with our National Olympic Committee, the COB.
“The success of our event is something replicable and possible, and now we want to do it at an international level. Bringing a BfG World Series and a Challenge Series to Brazil is the next step in the evolution of this success. We hope to see the world in Brazil.”