Opinion – Edgard Alves: Breaking goes to COB and discusses Paris Olympics


The inclusion of breaking dance in the Olympic Games in Paris, in 2024, somehow surprised sportsmen in general, who usually tend to focus their attention on more traditional modalities. The IOC (International Olympic Committee) has changed its interests in the world of sports a little and is now looking to include attractions for young people.

It was in this package of novelties, and with the new vision of top hat, that sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing also entered the Olympics, and had disputes at the recent Tokyo Games. Brazil saw the initiative with good eyes, as it has high-level athletes in skateboarding and surfing, as was evident with the medals won at the Olympic Games in Japan. It also sees success in breaking dance.

German IOC President Thomas Bach also justified the inclusion of the four sports in the Olympic program on the grounds that they contribute to making the Games more gender-balanced and more urban, as well as offering the opportunity to connect with the younger generation. .

What is breaking? It is a street dance style that emerged in New York, in the United States, in the 1970s, in meetings between African-Americans and Latinos. It is performed to the sound of hip-hop, funk or breakbeat.

With the Paris Olympics approaching, there is no more time to waste for the COB (Brazilian Olympic Committee) to put breaking into its planning for the event in France. With this concern, on Thursday (11), the committee promoted the first face-to-face meeting with the CNDD (Conselho Nacional de Dança Desportiva).

Founded on February 20, 2013, the CNDD is associated with the World Dancesport Federation and promotes, guides, regulates and holds sports dance championships in the country, according to information from the COB about the meeting. The president of CNDD, Patric Machado Tebaldi, highlighted that the modality is called breaking dance in Brazil.

The sport was introduced at the Youth Games in Buenos Aires in 2018 and caught the public’s attention. The tournament in Argentina did not have the presence of B-boys or Brazilian B-girls, denominations by which the competitors are known.

Like skateboarding and surfing, Paulo Wanderley Teixeira, president of the COB, expressed enthusiasm for the new Olympic sport for being “very interesting, with a sensational appearance” and highlighted that the committee has good expectations about the results of this sport.

The entry into the Olympic program symbolizes a victory against prejudice for breaking, as it was with the also marginalized skateboarding and surfing, according to a recent report in this article. sheet, by João Gabriel, Vinicius Martins and Zanone Fraissat.

Nelson Triunfo, 67, from Pernambuco, Brazil, said that the internet made breaking and hip-hop gain worldwide recognition and standardized the nomenclatures in English. And more: he says that today Brazil influences the steps of the world, just as it was with football.

On Rua 24 de Maio, in the center of São Paulo, there is the Ground Zero of Hip-Hop, a marble plaque on the floor, a tribute to Triunfo and his colleagues for their pioneering spirit. Everything points to great chances for the podium in Paris. Will be?


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