‘What about flower-arranging & desk-tidying?’ Reaction as breakdancing considered for Olympics
On Thursday, Paris 2024 Games organizers named four sports - breakdancing, surfing, climbing and skateboarding - which are to be considered for inclusion in the Olympic program and maketheir debut at the Summer Games in five years.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is responsible for approval of sports at the Games, will consider the proposal made by organizers and will announce its verdict by the end of next year.Also on rt.com Russian spins his way to first-ever breakdancing gold at Youth Olympics (VIDEO)
Breakdancing’s possible Olympic inclusion was met with mixed reactions on social media, with many users doubting that the street culture discipline has anything to do with sports.
Double checked today wasn’t 1st April 🙈— David Mantle (@David_Mantle) February 21, 2019
Breakdancing was included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, where Russian Sergey Chernyshev, nicknamed ‘Bumblebee’, dominated the field, winning the inaugural Youth Olympic breakdancing title in the newly introduced event.
Some social media users suggested allowing rock-paper-scissors, desk-tidying, hoovering and flower arranging into the Games lineup if breakdancing qualifies as a sport.
I’d like to propose flower arranging, desk tidying and hoovering for future Olympics please— Trish Allwood (@trishallwood) February 21, 2019
I demand the Rock Paper Scissors sport to be included in 2024 Olympics🙃 pic.twitter.com/8bV1M0oauM— The Upset One Hasan (@talksport_hasan) February 21, 2019
Surprised the French haven’t asked for rioting to be considered. Sure fire Gold medalists.— Alan (@albak1966) February 21, 2019
The head-to-head ‘battle’ format of competitive breakdancing, which was used in Argentina, is expected to be applied in Paris if the IOC approves its inclusion for the 2024 Games.
Squash, billiard sports, and chess had also campaigned for inclusion, but were snubbed by the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee, which excluded them from the list of contenders. Squash lovers were particularly enraged by the shock choice.
I'd prefer Squash or netball (Is that in? I don't think so) than dancing.. that's a new one 🙃— Kath Wilson (@katsitter) February 21, 2019
Seriously... squash misses out AGAIN and we get this farcical excuse of a sport instead!? Breakdancing has no place in the Olympics.— Harry Craig 🇪🇺 (@hazcraig1) February 21, 2019
Isn’t it called the Olympic Games? Never heard of a game of breakdancing, a game of squash on the other hand...— Jesse Mills (@Jesse_M95) February 21, 2019