Breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been provisionally included on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024. The decision was taken today by the 134th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Paris 2024 is the second Organising Committee (OCOG) that has had the possibility to propose additional sports for its edition of the Games to the IOC. This flexibility is part of the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020.
“The four sports that Paris has proposed are all totally in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 because they contribute to making the programme more gender balanced and more urban, and offer the opportunity to connect with the younger generation,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “The proposed sports are in line with these principles and enhance Paris 2024’s overall dynamic Games concept, which focuses on inclusivity, inspiring a new audience and hosting socially responsible Games.”
Breaking and sport climbing both appeared as medal events at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, while skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their debut on the Olympic programme in Tokyo next year.
The proposal for the four sports builds on the evolution of the programme from Tokyo 2020 and includes 248 athletes, which will fit within the 10,500-athlete quota, with equal numbers of women and men. In-keeping with its commitment to host sustainable Games, Paris 2024 will use 95 per cent existing or temporary venues to stage the competitions.
I am delighted with the IOC Session’s vote in favour of our proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games programmeTony Estanguet Paris 2024 President
“I am delighted with the IOC Session’s vote in favour of our proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games programme,” said Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet. “Our aim from the outset has been to highlight what has been the strength of the Games for 32 Olympiads now – the diversity of the sports and the excitement that comes with performance – while also taking the opportunity afforded by the IOC to enhance the programme and offer a new dimension.”
Following discussions with 19 IOC-recognised International Federations, Paris 2024 submitted its proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Olympic programme to the IOC. This proposal was then discussed and fully supported by the IOC’s Olympic Programme Commission, further strongly endorsed by the IOC Executive Board and put forward to the IOC Session.
The Olympic Programme Commission will now continue its analysis and observation of the four sports proposed by Paris 2024. This will include joint official observations at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with Paris 2024 and the Olympic Programme Commission.
The IOC Executive Board will make the final decision on the existing events, proposed new events and related athlete quotas for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 in December 2020.
After today’s vote by the IOC Session, no further sports can be put forward for inclusion on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
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