Breaking Chosen for Youth Olympic Games in 2018

Issei of Japan competes during the Red Bull BC One World Finals at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya, Japan on December 3, 2016.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to add Breaking to the schedule for the next big youth sporting showpiece event, the Youth Olympic Games, from October 1-12, 2018.

Karate and sport climbing had already been given the nod for the main Tokyo Games in 2020 with dance sport an exciting youth inclusion.

Men's, women's and mixed team breakdancing battles will form the basis for dance sport, similar to Red Bull BC One, with kumite the foundation discipline for karate as athletes compete in three events per gender.

The goal set by the IOC is "to bring sport to the people" so B-Boying makes the perfect fit as it features a mix of sport and culture in a festive atmosphere.

Bouldering, lead and speed are the three disciplines chosen for sport climbing in a combined event for men and women.

Cheerleading and Muay Thai have also been recognised as potential sports for inclusion in future Youth Games beyond Buenos Aires.

Finally the world governing body has also ensured that the Argentine edition will be the first for complete gender equality.

The Youth Olympic Games are well known for acting as an incubator so, who knows, maybe we'll see B-Boying as part of the Olympic Movement in the years to come.

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