Break dancing. Skateboarding. Climbing. Browsing.
These are the brand new sports activities we may 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 aim of constructing the Video games extra youth-focused, gender-balanced, and extra city, Package McConnell, IOC sports activities director, tells SELF.
We chatted with McConnell to be taught extra about this shift in course for the Olympics, the small print of Parisâ€™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 modifications 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 â€śto carry a brand new sport in, we really needed to take a sport out of this system,â€ť explains McConnell.
To permit for extra inclusion within the Video games, the IOC introduced in 2014 quite a few modifications to the construction and format of the Olympics that might 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 flexibleness to introduce new sports activities with out chopping current ones, explains McConnell.
Then, on the subject of really deciding on the brand new sports activities, the IOC decided that as an alternative of constructing this determination solo, theyâ€™d depend on enter from the host metropolis. The aim is to incorporate sports activities that match the host metropolisâ€™s imaginative and prescient for the Video games in addition to sports activities which are notably in style within the host nation. The one requirement for proposed sports activities, says McConnell, is that they’ve a world federation acknowledged by the IOC, which helps the IOC construct acceptable qualification programs. Past that, itâ€™s actually as much as the town.
Tokyo proposed 5 new sports activitiesâ€”baseball/softball and karate (each of that are very fashionable in Japan), plus skateboarding, climbing, and browsingâ€”and all had been permitted.
Paris â€śgot here up with a imaginative and prescient of their version of the Video games in 2024 that’s actually centered on reaching out to younger folks, on having an Olympic Video games in an city surroundings, on gender equality, and on being actually partaking,â€ť says McConnell. From there, Paris thought of which sports activities might match into that imaginative and prescient, he explains. Roughly 15 totally different sports activities, together with squash, billiard sports activities, and chess, submitted proposals to Paris with the hopes of constructing the townâ€™s quick listing. Paris's ultimate advice, says McConnell, was based mostly 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 evaluation, will announce its ultimate determination in December 2020.
As talked about, three of the 4 proposed sports activitiesâ€”skateboarding, browsing, and climbingâ€”are already on this system for Tokyo, which suggests the IOC already has a strong understanding of the elements that might 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 itâ€™s additionally already well-known to the IOC, explains McConnell.
That mentioned, 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 around the globe, the variety of folks 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 evaluation, the IOC will announce its determination in June of which sports activities will likely be provisionally included in Paris. Theyâ€™ll then wait till December 2020 to announce the ultimate occasion listing for 2024, explains McConnell, which is able to give them the possibility to judge how properly the brand new sports activities are obtained on the Tokyo Video games.
Surprisingly, there isn’t any such factor as a â€śeverlastingâ€ť 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 arenâ€™t assured a spot at future Olympic Video games. â€śThe proposals for Paris are particular to the Paris 2024 Video games,â€ť says McConnell. Los Angeles, host of the 2028 Summer time Video games, may have the identical alternative to suggest new sports activities that replicate the town's imaginative and prescient for the Video games and whatâ€™s in style in america, he explains. Stated imaginative and prescient could not embrace Parisâ€™s identical picks.
In truth, none of the present Olympic sports activities are assured a spot in future Video games. Thatâ€™s as a result of the IOC consistently re-evaluates the lineup. â€śWe 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, isnâ€™t put into query at each Video games, he says, however technically â€śthere isn’t any such factor as a 'everlasting sport.'â€ť
Different modifications we may even see on the 2024 Video games embrace 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 related occasion.
The primary: mass participation occasions that enable spectators to not simply watch the video games however actively interact with them, explains McConnell, like inviting 1000’s of spectators from around the globe 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 enable folks around the globe to nearly partake in Olympic occasions themselves, he explains.
The first aim with all of those modifications is to make the Olympics extra inclusive and interesting for everybody, says McConnell. So no matter which sports activities make the lower, we'll have heaps to have fun and cheer for in Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, Paris 2024, and past.