New sports and events to be seen at the 2024 Paris Olympics

(Stacker) – Track and field, gymnastics, and swimming are common sights at the Summer Olympics, but did you know breakdancing is now an Olympic sport? Stacker looked into the new sports and events coming to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Many sports compete for participation in the Olympics to raise awareness and encourage participation, and the International Olympic Committee’s revenue-sharing model isn’t bad either: After the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, the IOC distributed about $523 million to the international federations that govern sports in the Olympic program.

Many sports aspire to be included in the Olympic program, but getting onto the Olympic program is a complex process that can take years. The Olympic sports program has two components. The first program is made up of the core sports played at every Olympic Games and the sports selected by the host city.

To be considered an Olympic sport, a sport must have an international federation that is “recognized” by the IOC. A recognized international federation must adhere to a number of rules, including participation from a wide range of countries and continents, holding world championships, and not allowing doping or rigging. Recognition does not guarantee inclusion in the Olympics. Chess, billiards, and cheerleading are all IOC-recognized sports but are not yet Olympic sports.

IOC members vote on the initial sports programme about seven years before the Olympic Games, and once a sport is on this list it is almost always on the programme, but this is not always the case.

Host cities, with the IOC’s approval, can also add sports to the program to make the Olympics unique. Host cities select sports based on 35 considerations, including number of athletes, youth appeal, cost, and local popularity. The number of new sports varies. For the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, five new sports were added. Paris retained new sports such as skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing, and added one new sport.

Sports also change from one Olympic year to the next to modernize, appeal to younger generations, and provide more opportunities for women. Tokyo added the 3×3 event to basketball, bringing urban half-court play to the Olympics. Paris will also feature several new sports that will bring change to the Olympics.

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Breaking (or breakdancing), one of the new events at the Paris 2024 Games, was born out of the rise of hip hop culture in the United States in the 1970s. While some consider breaking an art form rooted in hip hop culture, the competitive version has evolved into a sport.

The World DanceSport Federation encouraged breaking to be included in the Olympic dance competitions, and the IOC included breaking as a part of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, which has led to more attention being paid to breaking. Paris, seeking a youthful and urban atmosphere for the Olympics, recommended breaking for its competition program.

The Paris competition will feature men’s and women’s events, with 16 b-boys and b-girls each. The competitors will go head-to-head in three one-minute rounds, showing off their moves. The judges look for the best athleticism, creativity and individual style, as they compare the dancers against each other, rather than against a set of execution criteria, as in gymnastics routines. American b-girl Sunny Choi, Japanese b-boy Shigekix and b-girl Ami, and Canadian b-boy Phil Wizard will be showing off their moves in the competition.

Artistic swimming man

When artistic swimming (formerly known as synchronized swimming) was introduced to the Olympics in 1984, it was an all-women’s event. However, men also competed in the event in the 1940s, but were eventually excluded as universities sought ways to offer women’s competitions to comply with Title IX requirements.

While men still competed at the lower levels of the sport, World Aquatics, the sport’s governing body, didn’t welcome men to the world championships until 2015. In 2022, it announced that men would be eligible to compete in the Olympics.

At the Olympics, men are only allowed to compete in team events. Duets are women-only, and men can only compete in two spots on eight-person teams. Not all teams will have men, but the Italian team could include Giorgio Minisini, the first man to compete as part of a team at senior level competition. The United States could feature Bill May, 45, a pioneer and activist for men’s participation in sports.

Marathon Race Walk Mixed Relay

As the IOC pushes for gender equality, many sports have added mixed-gender relay events, giving women more chances to win medals. In track and field, female race walkers have historically experienced significant disparities: Race walking was first introduced as a men’s event at the London Games in 1908, but women were not included in the Olympic Games until 2000, when they were limited to the 20-kilometer run.

After the 2020 Summer Olympics, World Athletics decided to eliminate the men’s 50km race, not only because it found the shorter distance to be more marketable, but also to make room for a mixed relay event that would give both men and women a chance to win two medals.

The event sees 22 teams of two people completing two relay legs, covering the marathon distance of 42.195km. The event is designed to promote gender equality, with men walking the longer distance, covering 12.195km and a 10km leg, and women completing two 10km legs.

Kayak Cross

While Olympic kayak slalom has traditionally been a solo event in which athletes compete against time as they traverse a fast-paced course, the new Kayak Cross event will be a full-contact sport in which four athletes simultaneously navigate a rapids course to see who can cross the finish line first.

Instead of starting in the water, rowers launch themselves onto the course from an overhead ramp and then paddle downstream and upstream around gates, pushing each other to get the best line. Another feature is the roll zone, a part of the course where rowers must completely roll their boats, requiring them to be up to their heads in the water. Athletes to watch in this inaugural event include American Evie Leibfurth, Australian Jessica Fox and Briton Joe Clark.


Sailing, which has been competed in every Olympic Games since 1900, has constantly evolved to feature the sport’s popular boat categories. In 2024, men’s and women’s kiteboarding will be added to the schedule. In this racing class, athletes balance on a board and hang onto a large kite that catches the wind to propel them across the water. If the wind is strong enough, competitors can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour (74 kilometers per hour). Athletes can also wow the crowds with high jumps and tricks.

The event will feature multiple races over several days to determine who will advance to the semi-finals, with multiple world title winner American Daniella Moroz expected to be in contention for a spot on the podium.

Story editor: Carren Jao. Copy editor: Robert Wickwire.

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