THE Philippines will most likely participate in break dancing, a style of street dance that is being introduced in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games.
Jonee Go, who was designated as the national delegation’s chef de mission, said in a radio interview that it is among the 31 sports disciplines that will be calendared.
“There are 31 sports in the calendar. But, unfortunately, it’s among three sports that we have no information yet of the qualification process,” said Go.
The YOG is set to be held from October 1 to 12 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Break dancing originated among Puerto Rican and African American youth, during the mid 1970s and eventually grew in popularity.
It was was included in the calendar of Buenos Aires 2018 during last month’s International Olympic Committee Executive Board meeting, along with karate and sport climbing.
Competition will be held under the auspices of the World DanceSport Federation, which is the international governing body for competitive amateur ballroom dancing.
Also in the calendar are aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, 3×3 basketball, beach handball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, futsal, golf, gymnastics, judo, and modern pentathlon.
Then, there’s rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.
Go said she was surprised to see sports disciplines like karate which has been included.
She said that is among the sports disciplines which have a robust grassroots program.