17 IMPORTANT ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FROM THE WDSF ABOUT BREAKING BEING IN THE 2024 PARIS OLYMPIC GAMES


With Breaking now officially a part of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, there is obviously a lot of buzz and questions floating around the Worldwide scene.


Once again, instead of guessing at these answers I contacted the WDSF to gather the correct information, and they were again extremely helpful and open in answering all the questions that I had.


TWO IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE BEFORE GETTING INTO THE QUESTIONS:

1) For those that don't know already, the World Dance Sports Federation (WDSF) is the organisation that is official recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). They have been tasked/put in charge, of bringing Breaking to the 2024 Games, and were the ones who brought breaking to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The WDSF have organisations in dozens of countries, known as Dance Sports Federations (DSF) or National Member Bodies (NMB) of the WDSF. The DSFs in each country are tasked with working with the best representatives of the country's breaking scene to ensure each country can work towards bringing their best Breakers to the Olympics. Depending on the country the DSF maybe be working with individuals or with Breaking Federations - this is an individual country matter, and right now there is no rule that the DSF has to work with any particular individuals or Breaking Federation. This comes down to who the DSF, and WDSF, see as the best individuals or groups in each country to work with to bring that country's Breakers to the Olympics.

2) None of the questions below are specific to any particular country, they are based on the overall, worldwide process of Breaking coming to the 2024 Paris Games. For individual country matters, as some answers refer to, people will have to contact their country's DSF, and their National Olympic Committee (NOC). It is very important that everyone realises that their NOC has final say on all country Olympic matters, including if that country actually takes a qualified B-Boy or B-Girl to the 2024 Paris Games, which they can chose not to. NOC= your actually country Olympic Committee.

I have given a little basic explanation after some of the answers to try and makes certain points very clear, and to add in a bit of my own research. My explanations are highlighted in Red.

I hope that this information helps to better inform of all those workings in the process of Breaking being in the 2024 Paris Games.


Here are the questions I asked and the answers that the WDSF provided:

QUESTIONS

1) Have the WDSF decided the age competitors will have to be to compete in Breaking, at the 2024 Paris Games?

While it has not been officially decided, there will of course be no upper age limit. As for a lower limit, it could be 16 if the IOC agrees.


2) Have the WDSF decided how many Breakers (B-Boys and B-Girls) will be selected to compete at the 2024 Games?

Yes, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) allocated a quota of 32 Breakers (16 B-Boys and 16 B-Girls) for the 1vs1 battles at Paris 2024.


-It is Important that people note that NOT every country can be apart of Breaking at the 2024 Games, but only the top 16 B-Boys and top 16 B-Girls who qualify worldwide. But, at the YOGs, only 1 B-Boy and 1 B-Girl were allowed to represent a country, regardless of how many breakers from that country placed top. For example, if Russia has 2 B-Girls in the top 16, only the top B-Girl of the 2 can go to Paris, not both. The same rule I believe is being applied to the Olympic Games, for fairness and inclusiveness.


-A question I did fail to ask is if the hosting country, being France, automatically get a spot in the top 16 for their top B-Boy and B-Girl, as this usually is the case for host countries when putting on an Olympic Games. So the breaking community should bare this in mind that France may has an automatic spot for 1 B-Boy and 1 B-Girl. But I will look to clarify this.


3) Will there also be a Bonnie and Clyde battle (2on2 with the B-Boys and B-Girls pairing up) again?

No. There will only be 1vs1 battles at Paris 2024.


4) Do the WDSF have a list of the events that will fall under Olympic inclusion?

And if so, is it available to share?

At this stage we need to wait for the Qualification System Principles for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 to be approved by the IOC Executive Board. They are expected to be published in September 2021. After that, we will work with the IOC to define our qualification systems, with a date of February 2022 set as the deadline for us to submit our proposals for IOC Executive Board approval. It would be therefore be premature to discuss qualifying events before this date.


-With the WDSF not putting the actual official Olympic Qualification System in place until 2022, it's important to note that any Olympic related ranking competitions put on in an individual country are solely for that country. Therefore all Breakers should contact the organiser of any 'Olympic related qualifying/ranking competitions' within their country, to find out what exactly those competitions will mean for the country's Breakers, and the overall purpose of them.


5) Is formation on how qualification and ranking system will work for the Olympics Games?

Please see answer to Question 4.


6) Will the World wide rankings determine who will enter the Olympics, or will the WDSF's call upon each country to do separate qualifications and rankings for their specific country and then do a final qualification competition based on who emerges as the top country's B-Boy and B-Girl?

Please see answer to Question 4.


7) Will Breakers be required to register as an official Olympic candidate with their country's Olympic Committee, or will this all be done through the Dance Sports Federations and event participation?

-If yes, is there information on the process?

Breakers interested in participating in the Olympic Qualifiers will have to get a WDSF license (thus confirming their acceptance of the WADA Code, among others). They will then have to participate in WDSF Qualifying events for the Olympic Games and if they are eligible to participate in Paris, the final decision belongs to their National Olympic Committee.


8) Will Breaking athletes have to become a member of the WDSF to compete in the qualifications for the Olympics?

-If yes, is there information on the process?

Yes, please see the answer to Question 7. To compete at the Olympic Games, each athlete must be selected by the National Olympic Committee of the country they represent.


9) Will there be official funding for Olympic qualified Breaking Athlete's or is this an individual country matter?

Funding for athletes is the remit of each individual National Olympic Committee and the DanceSport Federations of those countries.


10) When and how will the final choice of the WDSF Olympic qualified Breaking Athlete's take place?

Please see answer to Question 4.


11) If a country doesn't have a WSDF member organisation, how can their breaking athletes still participate in the qualification process?

They can contact the WDSF in order to get a WDSF license to then be eligible to participate in the Qualification events.


12) If a country's WSDF member organisation is not yet recognised by that country's Olympic Committee, will the WDSF Federation be urging them to gain recognition?

According to the Olympic Charter, NOCs have to recognize the National Federations of Olympic sports.


13) Is there any circumstance where the WDSF Federation will work with a country's breaking federation, over their own member organisation?

The WDSF will work to ensure that every B-Boy and B-Girl around the world has a fair and equal opportunity.


14) Is there any official procedures, or criteria, a country breaking Federation must fulfil to be able to work with their WDSF member organisation?

The WDSF encourages National Federations to work with the legitimate representatives of the Breaking community in each country. It is up to the National Breaking Community to organize itself accordingly.


15) Is it up to each country if they chose to create a Breaking Team, or simply do competitions to rank their breakers, and then pick the top ranked for any final, WDSF Olympics qualifiers?

This is a joint effort between the WDSF, National Federations and the local Breaking communities.


16) Will the WDSF be providing any opportunities for any media from the breaking scene (Journalists, Photographers, Videographers) to be involved in documenting the Olympic process, and actual Games?

Each International Federation participating in the Games get a few accreditations for its own media representatives.


17) Where will be the best place to continue to keep up with all news and information on the breaking Olympic process?

www.breakingforgold.com

https://www.facebook.com/breakingforgold/

https://www.instagram.com/_breakingforgold/

https://www.olympic.org/news

https://www.paris2024.org/en/press/


I hope these questions and answers make things a lot clearer for the scene and those working to bring their country's Breakers to the 2024 Paris Games. I will continue to try and keep everyone updated on information and the processes taking place.


Just to be clear, I do not represent the WDSF. I am a freelance writer and journalist on the Breaking scene working to bring correct, and accurate insight, and information to the scene and culture I have been in for over 10 years.


Emmanuel Adelekun (Manny)

The Vivid Scribe

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