Breakdancing proposed as new sport by 2024 Olympics

The Paris 2024 Olympic committee is to choose from a long list of sports which will be present at the 2024 Olpymic Games to fill several places left. (File/AFP)
Updated 21 February 2019
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Breakdancing proposed as new sport by 2024 Olympics

  • Breakdancing appeared at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires
  • The IOC had announced that the number of competitors in 2024 would be limited to 10,500

PARIS: Breakdancing has been invited as a new sport by the organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics, the head of the local organizing committee said Thursday.
Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, which have already been added to the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, have been invited to return for the Paris Games.
Tony Estanguet, the head of the Paris 2024 organizing committee, said the inclusion of the four sports responded to a need to make the Olympics “more urban” and “more artistic.”
The choice of the four sports still needs to be rubberstamped by the International Olympic Committee.
Breakdancing appeared at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, in the form of “battles.”
The IOC had announced that the number of competitors in 2024 would be limited to 10,500, which limited the scope to include additional sports.
But the organizers said the inclusion of the four sports would not necessitate the construction of permanent facilities.


Jordan gets its first female boots on Everest summit

Updated 26 May 2019
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Jordan gets its first female boots on Everest summit

  • Dubai-based mountaineer Dolores Shelleh also became first Arab woman to scale the world’s highest mountain from its northern side
  • Shelleh previously summited Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, as well as Europe’s highest peak, Mount Elbrus, and Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro

DUBAI: Dubai-based mountaineer Dolores Shelleh became the first Jordanian woman to scale mount Everest this week, as well as being the first Arab woman to scale the world’s highest mountain from its northern side.

“By scaling Mt. Everest from the North Col, I intended to highlight the message of embracing more sustainable practices and to promote the use of renewable energy as well as reinforce the need to follow healthy lifestyles in harmony with nature,” Shelleh said.

“The challenge I undertook was particularly arduous as the North Col of Mt. Everest route called for more technical climbing and the weather conditions were windier and chillier. With the support and blessings of my family, friends and my co-residents in The Sustainable City, I was able to accomplish the task,” she added.

Shelleh’s climb was sponsored by The Sustainable City, the Middle East’s first fully operational sustainable community, found in the UAE.

Shelleh previously summited Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, as well as Europe’s highest peak, Mount Elbrus, and Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.