Buenos Aires, 6-18 October
20 Sep 2018 07:52
The Netherlands' Youth Olympic Team kick-off took place on 18 September, when all 40 Dutch YOG athletes, including NADB B-Girl Vicky Bergmans, were invited to the Dutch National Olympic Committee Headquarters in Papendal (NED). All YOG athletes received the official NL National Team uniform and they were introduced one by one to the media.
As of today, Team NL coordinates the preparations of the Dutch Youth Olympic Team - under the leadership and supervision of the Chef de Mission, Mr. Mark Huizinga, a former World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist in Judo.
Jeffrey van Meerkerk, President of the NADB, reports from the Netherlands:
As the National Member Body, we are very proud that for the first time in history, DanceSport is officially part of the Olympic program at the 2018 YOG - and of course that one of the Dutch athletes is representing NADB and WDSF at the Youth Olympic Games.
NADB Sports Conmission Member Ms. Hannie van der Geest attended this important day in history of DanceSport in Netherlands. We all look fowrward to seeing Vicky and all b-boys and b-girls competing in Buenos Aires.
B-girls' battle will start in the afternon of October 7th, 2018. Livestream will be available on the Breaking for Gold Facebook page, through the Olympic Channel signal.
19 Sep 2018 05:58
The days ahead promise to be busy ones for B-Boy Moy, the American breaking legend who is gearing up for his dual role as Athlete Role Model (ARM) and judge at the WDSF Breaking for Gold event at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) next month in Buenos Aires.
Growing up in Houston, Texas, Moy made a name for himself with the Havikoro Crew in the late 90s and early 2000s. In addition to being active in dancing, Moy is the founder and owner of the Break Free school in Houston that helps kids develop their social and physical skills through different elements of hip hop culture.
In Buenos Aires, the ARMs will play a key role in supporting and mentoring the nearly 4,000 young athletes participating at the Games. All ARMs were selected by the International Federations in the 32 sports that appear on the YOG programme in Buenos Aires. Joining Moy as an ARM for breaking will be B-Girl AT from Finland.
“For the last few months, I have been traveling around the world, either competing, showcasing or most importantly educating,” says Moy. “I’ve had the opportunity to educate and bring awareness about the YOG during some of my workshops and panels.”
During the YOG, Moy and AT, together with their fellow ARMs from other sports, will be accessible to the athletes in the Youth Olympic Village and during a series of educational activities and workshops. These activities will focus on areas such as skills development, career advice, how to lead healthy lifestyles and the Olympic values.
The ARMs will also be available for informal chats in a specially created lounge that will be open to all participants. Fans of the YOG will have the opportunity to put their questions directly to the ARMs during informal chat sessions on the Olympic Channel and wider social media platforms.
B-boy Moy is looking forward to interacting with the young athletes in Buenos Aires: “During the YOG, I would like to be involved in as much as possible,” he says. “Any platform given to me that allows me to share my story and insights will greatly be appreciated.”
In Buenos Aires, the ARMs will spend time in the four parks, engaging with local youth through various Learn & Share activities and participating in sport initiation sessions for the public. Moy and AT will hold breaking initiation sessions in the Urban Park, close to the competition venue. In addition, the duo has decided to give workshops to local children at a community centre in Bueno Aires, providing them with the opportunity to dance with international b-boys and b-girls.
Moy and AT will also serve as judges during what will be the first ever breaking competitions at an Olympic event. “As a judge, I’m always looking for solid and well-rounded dancers – dancers that can connect to the music, show a great sense of passion and personality, while executing the dynamics of their rounds (solos). I don’t expect anything but the best from everyone,” he says with a smile.
It will be Moy’s first time in the Argentinian capital and he says he is looking forward to “an overall great experience with the people and culture.”
03 Sep 2018 09:29
After winning the International 1 vs 1 Breaking competition at the FIBA 3x3 Lausanne Masters, B-Boy Sunni of the Soul Mavericks Crew joined the World Tour in an attempt to start his own streak.
With his second consecutive victory at the Debrecen Masters in Hungary he managed to do just that. While still short of the record established by the legendary Novi Sad Al Wahda 3x3 team, SRB, he could be on track to close in on the four wins the Serbs have accrued this year alone (the teams total streak stands at an unassailable 22 stops won).
For that to happen, however, the collaboration between FIBA and WDSF would need to be extended into next year. The four stops where breaking was featured as part of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour confirmed: "HOOPS and BATTLES go well together!"
30 Aug 2018 09:35
For the fourth and last time this year, WDSF-brand breaking is featured side-by-side with FIBA 3x3 basketball at a World Tour stop. The collaboration between FIBA and WDSF will produce excellent synergies in Debrecen too.
Another International 1 vs 1 Breaking Competition held under the auspices of the World DanceSport Federation will complement a packed tournament schedule at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Debrecen Master.
Eight B-Boys from five countries will do battle on the 3x3 basketball court in the Debrecen town centre. B-Boy Sunni, GBR, who very convincingly won last week's competition at the Lausanne Masters, will return. B-Boy Robbe, BEL, B-Boy Dogbite, SWE, and B-Boy Vision, SLO, are the other breakers from abroad. Hungary will be represented by four b-boys: Davidoff, Denis, Norris and SC.
The Round of 8 battles will start at 16:00 h UTC/GMT. A LIVE STREAM will be available here
While waiting, watch B-Boy Sunni take first in Lausanne, SUI.
25 Aug 2018 12:31
A 1 vs 1 Breaking Battle featuring b-boys from five countries took place during the fourth stage of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2018 in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne today.
B-boy Sunni from Great Britain was declared the winner by judges Red (AUS), Renegade (UK), and Ciska (SUI) after an intense back and forth with B-boy Moa of Switzerland in the final.
“I’m really happy. Everyone has their day and today was just my day, apparently,” said Sunni, who will also compete during the fifth stage of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour in Debrecen, Hungary from 30-31 August. “I won’t change anything, just do my thing,” Sunni said of his approach to the next competition.
The breaking event was organised by the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) together with Amjad H Khan (7$) in partnership with FIBA3x3.
Also making the quarterfinals were Tim (NED) and David (SUI), while Baby OG (MEX), Calle (SUE), Moussa (SUI), and Lil Switch (SUI) also took part in the competition.
“Very little separated the finalists, who both brought passion and confidence,” said Renegade. “In fact, the level and spirit of competition was excellent all day. We are expecting the same kind of intensity in Buenos Aires in October during the Youth Olympic Games.”
The WDSF is preparing for Breaking’s debut at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires this 6-18 October.
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour features 10 stages in total, starting in Saskatoon, Canada on 21-22 July and ending in Beijing on 27-28 October.
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour events are true urban culture festivals, organised in the heart of the cities against the most iconic landmarks and feature non-stop music and MCs calling the games, professional dunkers, breakers and other street artists. They are in line with FIBA's “3x3 for everyone philosophy” as spectators and passers-by are invited to participate in 3x3 games and activities.