‘The IOC are 40 years too late. It was only big in the 1980!’: Social media erupts at the decision to include BREAKDANCING at the 2024 Olympics in Paris
- Breakdancing has been approved to be included in the Olympics from 2024
- It has been included after successful trials at the Youth Olympic Games in 2018
- However, the news has sparked outrage on social media, with many unhappy
The news that breakdancing will officially become an Olympic sport from the 2024 Games in Paris has sparked an outrcry on social media.
The IOC confirmed the decision on Monday, with other new additions skateboarding, climbing and surfing all to be introduced at the delayed Tokyo Games next year.
The sport has approximately one million participants, according to an Olympic programme commission report, while the 2019 Red Bull BC One World Final was streamed more than 50 million times across online platforms.
Breakdancing has been given the thumbs up to debut as an Olympic sport at the 2024 games
Paris 2024 will see ‘breaking’ matches carried out, with athletes going head-to-head
It is that kind of popularity that has seen organisers seek to include the sport, with the ability to introduce a younger audience to the Games a key factor in its inclusion.
However, the decision has not been met with unanimous praise, with many taking to Twitter to express their dismay at the decision.
One user wrote: ‘The IOC not exactly with the times are they? They’re 40 years too late.
‘Breakdancing was big in the early 1980s ffs… Actually, thinking back, it was a bit s*** even then.’
Another response to the news simply stated: ‘Breakdancing added as an Olympic sport??? Stupidly ridiculous!!!’
User Maotaz Hammouda stated: ‘The idea that “breakdancing” has been confirmed as an Olympic sport for the 2024 Olympic Games makes me want to vomit honestly.
‘And the idea that it is being included over a real sport like Squash is mind blowing.’
Breakdancing – which will be referred to as ‘breaking’ in 2024 – has been included after a successful appearance at the Olympic Youth Games in Buenos Aires two years ago.
However, many people are still left questioning it’s credentials as a sport.
One of the angriest reaction came from American college baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle.
On hearing the news, he tweeted: ‘Consider me officially out on the Olympics… breakdancing over baseball..-. ummmmmm… good luck with that clown show.’
So breakdancing is an Olympic sport now? There was a move to make Bridge one, too,’ suggested Douglas Skelton on Twitter. ‘I’m rooting for the cha cha and dominoes next. Anyone else got any suggestions?’
User @charliedogdiary added: ‘So breakdancing is now an Olympic sport. I suggest we should also include Olympic Car Washing and Olympic Lawn Mowing. You couldn’t make it up!’
Just heard breakdancing will feature as an event in the next Olympics,’ wrote @Pearlylondon. ‘Which made me think, all those years of doing ‘The Worm’ off my face at parties and I never once realised I was in fact a serious athlete.’
It follows a successful introduction at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018
Meanwhile user @catherine___c joked: ‘If they can have breakdancing at the Olympics, I vote for beer pong next.’
Twitter account @ODDSbible also used the news to poke a bit of fun at some of the Premier League’s failing stars.
They posted: ‘Breakdancing officially became an Olympic sport yesterday which means street dance battles have been added to the medal events program at the 2024 Paris Games.
‘Footballers who hardly ever score nowadays should consider partaking so that they have a reason to dance again.’
Along with the post, they added pictures of Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Roberto Firmino.
Odds Bible took aim at footballer struggling for goals in their post – clockwise from top left: Jesse Lingard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Roberto Firmino and Dele Alli.