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People Are Furious Over The Newest Olympic "Sport"

Breakdancing, yes, breakdancing has been proposed for inclusion at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Organisers made the announcement which came as a shock to everyone that wasn't currently living in 1998 - when breakdancing was last culturally relevant. 

Tony Estanguet, head of the Paris 2024 organising committee, said it would make the Olympics "more urban" and "more artistic".

It was one of four sports proposed to the IOC, the others being surfing, climbing and skateboarding (all of which will debut at next year's Tokyo Olympics). 

They'll make a decision by the end of next year. 

It's left some other rejected sports absolutely fuming with squash reportedly considering legal action. 

Interestingly though, it's not the first time breakdancing has been in an Olympics - making an appearance in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics last year. 

Over the years there has been a number of unorthodox sports at the Olympics, here's a few that people actually won medals for before they were dropped from the Games.

Horse Long Jump

A rarely staged event which made its one and only appearance at the Olympic Games in 1900, the horse long jump was part of the equestrian programme in Paris. The inaugural (and last) gold medal was won by Belgian Constant Octave van Langhendonck on his trusty steed ‘Extra-Dry’, with a leap of 6.10 metres.

Plunge For Distance

An intriguing, albeit odd, combination of diving and holding one’s breath, plunge for distance featured at the Olympic Games St Louis 1904 and required competitors to jump into the pool from a standing position and then glide underwater without further propulsion. The winner was the athlete who registered the furthest distance, measured after either 60 seconds or when they surfaced to breathe.

Tug Of War

Introduced at the Olympic Games in 1900, the centuries-old pastime proved surprisingly popular in France and was retained as part of the Games programme for the next 20 years. Teams were required to pull their opponents six feet for victory, but if this didn’t transpire after five minutes of huffing and puffing, the winners were determined by who had shuffled backwards furthest.

Rope Climb

The beguilingly simple discipline of ascending a rope was unveiled at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. The first competitors were judged on the style and speed of their vertical progress, but by 1932 in Los Angeles – the event’s swansong at the Games – it was determined only by time. In 1904, American George Eyser was crowned king of the rope, despite the distinct disadvantage of having a wooden prosthetic leg.

100-Metre Freestyle For Sailors

The very definition of a niche event, the race was staged at the Olympic Games Athens 1896 and was open only to serving members of the Hellenic Navy. Only three mariners took to the waters near Piraeus, with Ioannis Malokinis taking gold in the inevitable Greek clean sweep of the medals.


A bizarre and bruising sport, similar to fencing, in which competitors attempted to hit each other with a blunt wooden shaft, singlestick made its Olympic bow in St Louis in 1904 but never appeared at the Games again. Albertson Van Zo Post won gold – one of the five medals claimed by the American swordsman in the fencing events.

Swimming Obstacle Race

Twelve athletes from five countries converged on the River Seine at the Olympic Games Paris 1900 for this unusual race, which required entrants to complete a 200-metre course. Competitors had to climb over a pole and then a row of boats, before swimming under another row of boats en route to the finishing line.

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