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Paris 2024 has assigned Place de la Concorde, an iconic square at the heart of Paris which links the Champs-Elysees to the Tuileries Gardens, to host the urban sports including skateboarding, sport climbing and breaking while the surfing competitions will be held at Teahupo'o site in Tahiti, French Polynesia in southern Pacific Ocean.

Breakdancing, or breaking as it is officially called in its sporting context, was part of the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and has its origins in hip-hop culture in NY during the Seventies.

Alongside the additions, the International Olympic Committee made subtractions: The slate of 329 medal events in Paris is 10 fewer than in Tokyo, including four lost from weightlifting, and the athlete quota in 2024 of 10,500 is around 600 less than next year.

The formal acceptance of four new sports were confirmed at a board meeting of the International Olympic Committee and, following the selection already of skateboarding, surfing and climbing at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics next year, breakdancing will also be included in the Paris programme three years later. Weightlifting will be among those sports to lose a number of categories.

Paris 2024 will also mark growth in mixed events on the program, compared to Tokyo 2020, from 18 to 22.

It was proposed by Paris organizers nearly two years ago after positive trials at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

The IOC confirmed the decision on Monday. Two extreme canoe slalom events will replace canoe sprint events, and the men's 50-kilometer race walk will be replaced by a mixed gender team event.

The athlete quota also remains the same at 128 in total and an equal gender split of 64 men and 64 women. Boxing will also see a reduced presence in Tokyo.

This means athletes competing in the later stages of the Olympics in sports such as athletics and wrestling will not be able to attend the opening ceremony, while judoka, swimmers and gymnasts are set to miss out on the closing ceremony.

"This applies to each sport's specific officials, not only athletes".

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