There might be a new “sport” added to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Organizers of the 2024 Olympics want to add breakdancing to the competition, according to the Associated Press. We won’t know if it’ll officially be an Olympic event until 2020 after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meets following the Tokyo games.
Competitive breakdancers everywhere are extremely excited about the news, noting that it’s a milestone that will boost its acceptance as a competitive sport.
Breakdancing allows dancers to express themselves with free, acrobatic movements that many ordinary people can’t do. Breakdancers face off in “battles” to the beat of music where a judge will pick the winner based on whose dances were better.
Breakdancing actually was featured during the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The event organizers noted that breakdancing is in the interest of young people, which will add to the appeal of the 2024 games.
Along with breakdancing, the Paris committee would like to see climbing, skateboarding, and surfing added to the 2024 games as well.
Kawhi Leonard will delay his reunion with Gregg Popovich.
The Toronto Raptors forward will skip USA Basketball’s minicamp in order to prepare for his move to the Canadian metropolis, ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported Tuesday night via Twitter, citing NBA sources. Leonard had been expected to attend the minicamp, but Haynes’ report represents a change of plans.
Toronto forward Kawhi Leonard will not attend USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas this week, league sources tell ESPN. He will use time to prepare for transition to new team.
Popovich replaced Mike Krzyzewski as Team USA coach in 2017 and will lead the team for the first time starting Thursday.
Yet Leonard, whom Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs sent to Toronto last week in a blockbuster trade, won’t be around for the start of the new national team regime. Having played under Popovich for seven seasons, Leonard probably knows what to expect from his ex-coach.
Anyone looking for gossip, awkwardness, tension or a blowup between the player and coach are the biggest losers in the Leonard’s USA Basketball decision.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced Monday that Lochte, one of the most accomplished swimmers in U.S. Olympic history, has accepted a 14-month sanction for his use of a prohibited method. The 14-month ban is retroactive to May 24, meaning Lochte will be sidelined from competition until July 2019.
The whole situation stems from an ill-advised photo that Lochte posted to social media on May 24. Lochte can be seen receiving an intravenous infusion in the image, which sparked an investigation by the USADA.
The investigation revealed that Lochte received an IV of permitted substances at an infusion clinic in a volume greater than 100 mL in a 12-hour period without a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). This is prohibited at all times, according to the USADA, hence the suspension.
Lochte is no stranger to discipline, as he was suspended for 10 months by USA Swimming back in 2016 for a drunken incident at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.