04 Dec 2019 12:44
The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) warmly welcomes the latest decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to include Breaking on the sports programme for the next edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Dakar, Senegal in 2022.
The IOC announced Tuesday that Breaking would join skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing in Dakar – all four sports have received provisional approval to appear at the Olympic Games Paris 2024, with a final decision set for December 2020. In addition, karate will make its YOG debut in Dakar.
In total, 24 b-boys and b-girls between the ages of 14 and 18 will compete at the 2022 YOG.
“We are extremely pleased with the news that Breaking has been included on the programme for Dakar 2022, as it will once again allow the best young b-boys and b-girls around the world to showcase their talent,” said WDSF President Shawn Tay. “After the great success of Breaking at the YOG Buenos Aires 2018, we will continue to work closely with both the Breaking community and the IOC to ensure that we deliver the best possible event in 2022.”
Since making its Olympic debut in 2018 at the Buenos Aires YOG, Breaking has also debuted at the World Urban Games and enjoyed successful WDSF World Championships.
In total, athletes from 33 sports will compete at the 2022 YOG. For the first time in Olympic history, full gender equality in terms of athletes and representation in each sport will be achieved.
“The Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022 will be the first Olympic event on the African continent, which is historic for Senegal and historic for the continent of Africa. The agreed athlete competition is youthful and completely gender-balanced and shows that the IOC continues to develop the Youth Olympic Games that will feature over 4,500 athletes from all National Olympic Committees,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.
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