Olympics: Breaking new ground with non-traditional sports

The Radikal Forze Jam breakdance competition, which ends today at *Scape, attracted 10,500 dancers, including 60 from overseas.
The Radikal Forze Jam breakdance competition, which ends today at *Scape, attracted 10,500 dancers, including 60 from overseas.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

Breakdancing, or breaking, is among several non-traditional sports that are set for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. The Sunday Times looks at how Olympic status will impact the four sports here.

Danger, daredevils and disruption are words sometimes associated with sport climbing, kiteboarding, skateboarding and breakdancing.

But this quartet are set to feature at the pinnacle of sport - the Olympic Games - soon. Sport climbing and skateboarding will make their debut in Tokyo next year, while kiteboarding (or kitesurfing) will make its bow in four years later.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline 'Breaking new ground'. Print Edition | Subscribe