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.


Pacquiao polls Twitter on who to fight next

Updated 23 March 2019
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Pacquiao polls Twitter on who to fight next

  • The poll listed Floyd Mayweather, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter as the choices
  • Pacquaio has 61 wins including 39 knockouts against seven losses and two draws in a 24-year career

MANILA: Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao took to social media to poll millions of fans on who they think should be his next opponent, having brushed off calls to hang up his gloves after turning 40.
“Who should I fight next?” the world’s only eight-division champion asked in a Twitter survey that drew 27,380 votes after five hours and listed Floyd Mayweather, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter as the choices.
The poll, also linked to Pacquiao’s Facebook wall, has 18 more hours to run. It did not indicate how the voting had gone so far.
Pacquiao, who has 2.51 million followers on Twitter and 11.76 million on Facebook, is known to have been angling for a rematch with Mayweather, who beat the Filipino on points in the world’s richest prize fight in 2015.
Pacquiao’s decisive victory over American fighter Adrien Broner in January was supposed to have opened the door to that route. But the unbeaten Mayweather, officially retired, has been non-committal.
Many Facebook users urged Pacquiao, who has 61 wins including 39 knockouts against seven losses and two draws in a 24-year career, to fight Mayweather.
“Floyd of course then retire,” Carlos De Luna Lagunsad added.
But another fan urged the 40-year-old to face International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Errol Spence, who easily beat challenger Garcia in a match between two previously undefeated boxers on Saturday.
“Show this young guys why u r a living legend,” Meg Osh Tin Oniuqa said.