The British breakers will be backed with 135,000 pounds ($155,722.50) by UK Sport in their quest to qualify for the Paris Olympics in 2024 when break dancing makes its Games debut. Breaking GB, the body responsible for bringing Breakers to the Olympics, will use the funds to help around seven athletes on their qualification journey.
Breaking is the latest freestyle sport introduced at the Olympics following the debut of BMX freestyle and skateboarding at the Tokyo Games. “We are delighted with the award from the UK Sport investment fund, to support our talented B-Girls & B-Boys as they prepare for Paris 2024,” Breaking GB Chairman Oliver ‘Hooch’ Whittle said in a statement.
“This is just the beginning of a journey of development and growth for our sport. Breaking taking its place alongside other freestyle sports on Place de la Concorde at the Olympic Games will be one of the the most iconic in our history and will present Breaking at the highest level to the world.” Great Britain excelled in Tokyo in BMX freestyle with Charlotte Worthington winning gold in spectacular fashion and Declan Brooks taking bronze.
Funding body UK Sport says backing Breaking GB shows its commitment to a wider range of sports. “We’ve seen the huge success of new freestyle sports in Tokyo, including skateboarding and BMX Freestyle, which have captured the imagination of the public and produced some of the Games’ iconic sporting moments,” said Kate Baker, Director performance at UK Sport.
“Breaking has the potential to produce equally memorable moments in Paris.” Manchester hosts the 2022 Dancesport World Federation (WDSF) European Breaking Championships on November 5-6. ($1 = 0.8669 pounds)
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