Dust off your old breakdancing mats now because your country might need you. Breakdancing has been provisionally approved for the 2024 Olympics, according to Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal.
There were rumblings this was going to happen. In March, the International Olympics Committee recommended breakdancing — along with a couple other sports — for consideration at the 2024 games.
Fischer cleared up why other sports — such as lacrosse or cricket — weren’t in the conversation for the Olympics. The committee believes breakdancing will bring in a younger audience.
Some context on what's driving Olympics' thinking on new sports: New additions need to be 1.) youth-oriented 2.) small footprint (they don't want the total no. of athletes to grow much, so team sports are v. hard) and 3.) have broad appeal, interest across many countries
Before you write off breakdancing as a sport, consider some of the other events in the Olympics. Many require skill, athleticism and hours of practice to reach perfection.
If breakdancing can do that and provide viewers with entertaining and moving performances, is it really any different than some of the events millions of people tune in to the Olympics to watch now?
Breakdancing across the world
Breakdancing across the world
TOPSHOT - This photo taken on March 18, 2019 shows Wang Shenjiong, who was head coach of China's national breakdancing team at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, during a training session at his studio in Shanghai. - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on March 27 gave it the provisional nod for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Games. (Photo by MATTHEW KNIGHT / AFP) / To go with AFP story Oly-2024-CHN-breakdancing, Focus by Peter Stebbings (Photo credit should read MATTHEW KNIGHT/AFP/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 13: B-boy participants during Red Bull BC One Cypher India at Bandra Amphitheatre on April 13, 2019 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: People break dancing during the Warsaw Pride.
The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A breakdance competitor performs during the French final of the Red Bull BC One Cypher competition on March 18, 2019 in Lyon. - "Breaking" dancers will compete in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
A dancer from the Red Bull BC One All Star team competes during the Breakdance contest "Paris Battle Pro" at La Seine Musicale in Paris on February 23, 2019. - Breakdancing is set to make its debut as an Olympic sport at Paris 2024, the head of the local organising committee said on February 21, 2019, Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, which have already been added to the programme for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, have been invited to return in Paris four years later. (Photo by LUCAS BARIOULET / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUCAS BARIOULET/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's b-boy Bumblebee (L) competes against Japan's b-boy Shigelix during a battle at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 08, 2018. - The Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires hosted the world's best youth break dancers to compete for the first ever Olympic medal in the athletic art. (Photo by EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP) (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Performers from Japanese company 'Wasabeats' jump during a photocall to promote their show 'Break Free' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Princes Street Gardens on July 30, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)
French B-boy breakdancer, Ali Ramdani, better known by his stage name Lilou, poses during a photo session in the Parc de la Villette on July 5, 2018 in Paris. - The world champion of breakdance, Lilou, native of the region of Lyon celebrates his 20 years of Hip-Hop career. (Photo by GERARD JULIEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)