The Olympic qualifying period for Breaking at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 is now under way, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) having approved the timeframe of July 2022 - June 2024.
The qualification period will culminate in the Olympic Qualifier Series (OQS), a new IOC-led Olympic qualifier series for Breaking, BMX freestyle, skateboarding, and sport climbing set to take place from March-June 2024, just a month out from the start of Paris 2024, which will run from 26 July to 11 August that year.
In total, 16 b-girls and 16 b-boys will compete in 1vs1 battles at Paris 2024. The 32 Breakers will qualify for the Olympic Games as follows:
• 20 (10 b-girls and 10 b-boys) via the OQS;
• 10 (5 b-girls and 5 b-boys) directly via Continental Games/Championships; and
• 2 (1 b-girl and 1 b-boy) directly via the 2023 WDSF World Championship.
Forty athletes in total will qualify to compete in the OQS. They are:
• 5 athletes from the 2023 World Championship;
• 15 athletes from the 2023 Continental Games and/or Continental Championship;
• 14 athletes from the Breaking for Gold (BfG) Ranking List; and
• 6 host & universality quota entry athletes.
The BfG Ranking List will be based on points accumulated at the Continental Championships and the Breaking for Gold Series, the latter of which begins this September and ends on 31 December 2023. For the BfG Series, the greatest number of ranking points will be awarded at the BfG World Series, followed by the BfG International Series, and finally the BfG Challenge Series. The Continental Championships, meanwhile, will be open to all Breakers with NMBs in each respective continent and will offer the same ranking points as the World Series.
The first event will be the WDSF Breaking For Gold Challenge Series in Montreal, Canada on 4 September 2022.
Direct qualifiers (i.e., World Championship and Continental Games) for the Olympic Games will be held in 2023. Winners of the 2023 European Games, Asian Games and Pan American Games will all qualify directly for Paris 2024, while the winners of Continental Championships in Africa and Oceania (still TBD) will also book their tickets to the French capital.
As certain countries around the world continue to place travel restrictions due to COVID-19, and in order to make qualifying events as convenient and accessible to as many Breakers as possible, the World DanceSport Federation decided to combine this year’s World Breaking Championship in Seoul, Republic of Korea with the WDSF Breaking for Gold World Series.
Unlike normal World Championships, which are limited to two athletes per gender per National Member Body, the combined event this October will be open to all Breakers, with qualifying points for the OQS up for grabs.
Following World Championship regulations, free accommodation will be offered to the four best athletes nominated by their National Member Bodies (NMBs). All other b-boys and b-girls nominated by their NMBs will be required to pay for their lodging.