Break dancing. Skateboarding. Climbing. Browsing.
These are the brand new sports activities we might even see on the 2024 Summer time Olympics, per a proposal that host metropolis Paris submitted to the Worldwide Olympic Committee final week. This request falls in keeping with the IOC's purpose of creating the Video games extra youth-focused, gender-balanced, and extra city, Equipment McConnell, IOC sports activities director, tells SELF.
We chatted with McConnell to be taught extra about this shift in route for the Olympics, the main points of Paris’s proposal, precisely how new sports activities are added to the Olympics, and different highlights within the works for the 2024 Video games.
First, right here's slightly context on how new sports activities are added to the Olympics.
Beginning with the 2020 Video games in Tokyo, the IOC made main adjustments to the format and framework of the Olympics to permit for the inclusion of extra sports activities. Previous to the 2020 Tokyo Video games, each version of the Olympic Video games had been capped at 28 sports activities, a listing decided solely by the IOC. This meant that “to carry a brand new sport in, we really needed to take a sport out of this system,” explains McConnell.
To permit for extra inclusion within the Video games, the IOC introduced in 2014 various adjustments to the construction and format of the Olympics that will start in 2020. The most important replace: eradicating the utmost variety of sports activities per Video games and changing it with a most variety of total athletes and most variety of occasions. This permits the pliability to introduce new sports activities with out chopping current ones, explains McConnell.
Then, in relation to really choosing the brand new sports activities, the IOC decided that as a substitute of creating this determination solo, they’d depend on enter from the host metropolis. The purpose is to incorporate sports activities that match the host metropolis’s imaginative and prescient for the Video games in addition to sports activities which can be significantly fashionable within the host nation. The one requirement for proposed sports activities, says McConnell, is that they’ve a global federation acknowledged by the IOC, which helps the IOC construct applicable qualification techniques. Past that, it’s actually as much as town.
Tokyo proposed 5 new sports activities—baseball/softball and karate (each of that are very fashionable in Japan), plus skateboarding, climbing, and browsing—and all have been accredited.
Paris “got here up with a imaginative and prescient of their version of the Video games in 2024 that’s actually targeted on reaching out to younger individuals, on having an Olympic Video games in an city atmosphere, on gender equality, and on being actually partaking,” says McConnell. From there, Paris thought of which sports activities may match into that imaginative and prescient, he explains. Roughly 15 completely different sports activities, together with squash, billiard sports activities, and chess, submitted proposals to Paris with the hopes of creating town’s brief listing. Paris's last advice, says McConnell, was primarily based on what they felt greatest match their imaginative and prescient of the video games, and occurred to incorporate three sports activities already on the listing for Tokyo.
Now that Paris has submitted its proposal, the IOC will consider the 4 sports activities, and after a number of layers of overview, will announce its last determination in December 2020.
As talked about, three of the 4 proposed sports activities—skateboarding, browsing, and climbing—are already on this system for Tokyo, which implies the IOC already has a stable understanding of the components that will make the sports activities good Olympic contenders, like their international reputation, how competitions are run, venue necessities, and so forth. Break dancing, although not on the listing for Tokyo, was a part of the 2018 youth Olympic Video games in Buenos Aires, so it’s additionally already well-known to the IOC, explains McConnell.
That stated, the IOC will nonetheless rigorously consider the 4 sports activities for Paris 2024, contemplating the variety of athletes who take part within the sports activities all over the world, the variety of individuals watching and interesting with the sports activities, the venues required to host the sports activities, and extra, says McConnell. After a number of layers of inside overview, the IOC will announce its determination in June of which sports activities might be provisionally included in Paris. They’ll then wait till December 2020 to announce the ultimate occasion listing for 2024, explains McConnell, which can give them the possibility to judge how properly the brand new sports activities are acquired on the Tokyo Video games.
Surprisingly, there is no such thing as a such factor as a “everlasting” Olympic sport.
Even when the brand new sports activities are formally added to the 2024 Video games (crosses all fingers and toes for break dancing), they aren’t assured a spot at future Olympic Video games. “The proposals for Paris are particular to the Paris 2024 Video games,” says McConnell. Los Angeles, host of the 2028 Summer time Video games, can have the identical alternative to suggest new sports activities that replicate town's imaginative and prescient for the Video games and what’s fashionable in the US, he explains. Mentioned imaginative and prescient could not embody Paris’s similar picks.
The truth is, none of the present Olympic sports activities are assured a spot in future Video games. That’s as a result of the IOC consistently re-evaluates the lineup. “We undergo a strategy of formally approving the inclusion of each sport for every version of the Video games," explains McConnell. Clearly the inclusion of core sports activities, like swimming, isn’t put into query at each Video games, he says, however technically “there is no such thing as a such factor as a 'everlasting sport.'”
Different adjustments we might even see on the 2024 Video games embody mass participation occasions and immersive tech experiences.
When submitting its proposed new sports activities, Paris additionally introduced a number of further updates it hopes to implement on the 2024 Video games in an effort to create a extra linked occasion.
The primary: mass participation occasions that permit spectators to not simply watch the video games however actively interact with them, explains McConnell, like inviting hundreds of spectators from all over the world to race on the Olympic marathon course shortly after the Olympians sort out it themselves. On high of that, Paris hopes to supply immersive, digital variations of Olympic occasions, like biking and crusing, that permit individuals all over the world to nearly partake in Olympic occasions themselves, he explains.
The first purpose with all of those adjustments is to make the Olympics extra inclusive and interesting for everybody, says McConnell. So no matter which sports activities make the minimize, we'll have tons to have a good time and cheer for in Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, Paris 2024, and past.