It’s official! Breaking is now an Olympic sport! On Monday, December 7, 2020, in Geneva, the International Olympic Committee announced Breaking will be featured at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Poverty stricken youth in the streets of NYC created Breaking over 45 years ago. And thanks to the five million plus athletes worldwide who participate in competitive Breaking tournaments each year, and thanks to their fans and followers, Breaking is now an Olympic sport which will be seen in Paris 2024 by millions of people on the world’s biggest sports stage.
With 98% of Breaking athletes living in poverty and barely surviving, more so during this pandemic where millions are unemployed, where are these athletes going to get the money they need to train and travel to the Olympic qualifiers?
Unfortunately, these athletes do not have a sports league to earn compensation from their performances like athletes in professional sports. These athletes do not have agents, managers, representation or sponsors. These athletes have no careers in Breaking. Today, the best that athletes can do hope for is to aspire to compete in the Olympics to represent their countries. To get there though, they have to go through rounds of qualifiers and must fend for themselves to come up with money they need for training, travel and living arrangements. Seems like the 98% of poverty stricken athletes don’t have any chance to make the 2024 Olympic in Paris.
World Bboy Battle plans to change that in 2021 when it hosts its annual championships on Pay Per View and a major sports network for viewers to watch these amazing athletes compete in a thrilling and one-of-a-kind Breaking sports tournament using a unique sports regulated 100-point scoring system created by former pro Bboy Frankie “Sirswift” Hernandez, CEO and founder of World Bboy Battle.
“Our goal is to bring these amazing athletes competing in our tournaments to the mainstream via television,” Hernandez said. “And now that Breaking is an Olympic sport, we plan to set aside money from licensing and sponsorships to help Olympic hopefuls with training, living arrangements and travel.”
Now this is something all athletes can realistically aspire to.