Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, regrets the controversy surrounding the choice of new disciplines for the next Olympics. Break dancing and skateboarding were chosen to the detriment of karate or pétanque. “It was interesting for us to go and enrich this sporting diversity”, he explains. “By looking for urban sports such as break dancing and skateboarding, we are going to look for disciplines that are successful on social networks and that young people watch a lot”, he said on August 9 on franceinfo.
He says Sunday September 5 regret this controversy. “The objective is to make choices. We do not have an extensible program, we had the possibility, beyond the 28 sports on the program, of being able to add four sports, we had 19 candidate sports, including karate. but also pétanque, which has a lot more licensees, but also water skiing, squash, etc. “, he explains.
The priority for us was to give the fans the possibility that their sport, or their sporting environment, be recognized on the program of the Games.Tony estanguet, president of the organizing committee for the 2024 Olympics
According to him, the choice of the sports selected was therefore made with a concern for “diversity”. “There are already five combat sports, six team sports, three racket sports and so we thought that among the 19 candidates there were some sports that were not at all represented in the current program and therefore c it was interesting for us to go and enrich this sporting diversity “.
According to him, this will make it possible to discover new disciplines, “This is also the role of the Olympic Games, it is to support the growth of certain sports”, judge Tony Estanguet. “I have to make a decision and there was no room for karate (…) we have to make choices and we will see if it will pay off or not. We cannot go back.”