Breakdancing closer to locking in Olympics spot
Breakdancing moved a step closer to the 2024 Olympics in Paris this week, and now organisers can look to book a street venue. Called "breaking" in Olympic circles, its medal debut was last October at the Buenos Aires Youth Summer Games.
The street dance competitions will have 16 athletes in each of the men's and women's medal events in France.
International Olympic Committee members formally endorsed requests from Paris officials in February and their own executive board in March to provisionally add breakdancing to the programme, pending a final decision in December 2020.
Paris wants to add four sports to its programme, though the other three — skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing — will make Summer Games debuts in Tokyo next year.
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Chance meetings, small world
"I arrived in Christchurch in the mid 70s," writes Barbara Bradbury. "It was a quiet sort of place after life in London and then I found myself pregnant. I wasn't ready to become absorbed into the rules and regulations of the national hospital system and was given the name of a female doctor who had her own birthing home. On my first visit she asked all the questions including some about my birthplace, my mother and her birth experience.
"She asked if I knew the name of my mother's doctor — I did. Turned out she was an intern working with that doctor in that hospital during that time I was born and would most definitely have been at my birth. It was a great bond!"