Breakdancing. Skateboarding Climbing . Surfing.
These are the new sports we may see at the 2024 Summer Olympics with a proposal that the host city Paris had submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week. This requirement is in line with the IOC's goal of making the games more youthful, gender-sensitive and urban, says Kit McConnell, sports director of the IOC, to SELF.
We've talked with McConnell to learn more about this shift towards the Olympics the details of the Paris proposal, how to add new sports to the Olympics, and other highlights in the works for the Games from 2024.
First, a brief overview of the innovations Sports are added to the Olympics.
Since the Tokyo Games in 2020, the IOC has radically changed the format and scope of the Olympic Games to allow it to host more sports. Prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, each edition of the Olympics was limited to 28 sports, a list exclusively determined by the IOC. This meant that "in order to introduce a new sport, we actually had to take a sport out of the program," McConnell explains.
In order to facilitate a stronger involvement in the games, the IOC announced in 2014 . a series of changes to the structure and format of the Olympic Games that would start in 2020. The biggest update: Removing the maximum number of sports per game and replacing it with a maximum number of athletes and a maximum number of events. This provides the flexibility to introduce new sports without cutting existing ones, McConnell explains.
In the selection of new sports, the IOC decided that this decision should not be made on its own, but on entries from the Internet gaststadt. The goal is to include sports that match the host city's ideas for the games, as well as sports that are particularly popular in the host country. The only requirement for the proposed sports, says McConnell, is that there is an IOC-recognized international association that helps the IOC build appropriate qualification systems. Moreover, it really is the city.
Tokyo suggested five new sports: baseball / softball and karate (both are very popular in Japan), as well as skateboarding, rock climbing and surfing – all of which have been approved.  As far as the capital of Paris is concerned, the French capital has "come up with a vision for its edition of the Games in 2024, which is really aimed at young people, at Olympic Games in an urban environment, at gender equality and the Its really captivating, "says McConnell. From there, Paris considered what sports could fit into this vision, he explains. About 15 different sports, including squash, billiard sports and chess, submitted proposals in Paris, hoping to make the city's shortlisting. McConnell, Paris' latest recommendation, was based on what she thought best suited her ideas about the games, and incidentally picked up three sports that were already in Tokyo.
After Paris has submitted its proposal, the IOC will evaluate the Four Sports and after several review stages will announce their final decision in December 2020.
As mentioned earlier, three of the four sports proposed – skateboarding, surfing and rock climbing – are already on the agenda for Tokyo. The IOC already has a solid grasp of the factors that would make it a good Olympic contender, such as the World Cup Breakdancing was not on the list for Tokyo, but was part of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, which is why it is already known to the IOC, McConnell explains.
However, the IOC will continue to scrutinize the four sports for Paris 2024, considering the number of athletes participating in sports around the world, the number of people watching and engaging in the sports that are for Considering the sports venues required locations and more, and more, says McConnell. After several internal review stages, the IOC will announce in June its decision on which sport is provisionally included in Paris. They will then wait until December 2020 to announce the final event schedule for 2024, McConnell said, which will give them the opportunity to gauge how well the new sports are arriving at the Tokyo Games.
Surprisingly, there is no such thing as a "permanent" Olympic sport.
Although the new sports are officially included in the 2024 games ( presses all fingers and toes for breakdancing ), they are guaranteed no place in future Olympics. "The proposals for Paris are specific to the games in Paris 2024," says McConnell. Los Angeles, host of the Summer Games 2028 will have the same opportunity to propose new sports that reflect the city's vision for the Games and what's popular in the United States. This vision may not include the same choices of Paris.
Indeed, none of the current Olympic sports is guaranteed a place in future games. That's because the IOC constantly re-evaluates the lineup. "We are undergoing a process of formal approval of including all sports for each edition of the games," McConnell explains. Of course, the inclusion of major sports such as swimming is not challenged in all games, he says, but "technically there is no" permanent sport ".
Other changes that we can see in the 2024 Games, are mass events and extensive technical experiences.
When submitting the proposed new sports Paris also announced several additional updates to be implemented in the games of 2024 to create a more cohesive event.
The first: mass event, As well as seeing and collaborating with the games, McConnell explains how he invited thousands of spectators from all over the world to invite themselves to the Olympia marathon shortly after the Olympians did it themselves In addition, Paris wants to offer immersive electro. He explains that Olympics versions like Cycling and Sailing, which allow people around the world to participate in virtual events themselves,
The primary goal with of which changes is to make the Olympics more inclusive and engaging for all, says McConnell. Regardless of the kind of sports that cut, we have a lot to celebrate and cheer in Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, Paris 2024 and beyond.