Paris Drops the Ball

Organizers of Paris 2024 Olympics Games have proposed that breakdancing should be included as a new sport

Organizers of Paris 2024 Olympics Games have proposed that breakdancing should be included as a new sport in the Olympic program. It's one of four sports suggested for inclusion in the Games -- alongside surfing, climbing and skateboarding.

In order of popularity the following sports have amassed the largest followings around the world. Estimates of the number of avid followers are shown below with the primary areas of support. 

Soccer - 4.0 Billion (Global)

Cricket - 2.5 Billion (UK and Commonwealth)

Field Hockey - 2 Billion (Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia)

Tennis - 1 Billion (Global)

Volleyball - 900 Million (Western Europe and North America)

Table Tennis - 875 Million (Global)

Basketball - 825 Million (Global)

Baseball - 500 Million (United States, Caribbean, and Japan)

Rugby - 475 Million (UK and Commonwealth)

Golf - 450 Million (Western Europe, East Asia, and North America)

Conspicuous by its absence is breakdancing.

Only two of these sports, Cricket and Baseball, are not currently permanent Olympic sports or currently confirmed as included in the Paris 2024 Olympics. 

How any Olympic committee can exclude the 2nd and 8th most popular sports on the planet in favor of a proposal to include breakdancing is beyond belief. While it may be popular, it is by definition an athletic style of street dance and certainly not worthy of being an Olympic sport.

If Paris decides not to include baseball in 2024, it will break the bridge between the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

It will also stifle the exponential growth of baseball in places like Africa, the continent with the youngest median age. The enticement and exposure of the inclusion of baseball in Tokyo 2020, along with the impressive work being done by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), Major League Baseball (MLB), Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB) and he French Baseball and Softball Federation (FFBS), has provided the impetus for a remarkable growth of baseball among this continent’s of one billion inhabitants. 

Keith Lovegrove - The Going to Bat Foundation 2/21/2018

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