Budapest and Shanghai have been chosen by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee as venues for a new Olympic qualification series combining sport and urban culture, reports Index.
The two-stage qualifying event will be of great importance for BMX freestyle, break-dancing, skateboarding, and sport climbing for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, the Hungarian Olympic Committee announced on Thursday.
The Olympic qualification series, a key project of the Olympic Agenda 2020+5 reform program, brings together the best athletes from the four sports in a festival-like setting.
These four-day events will offer sports fans an Olympic experience combining sport, art, music, and culture.
The Shanghai Games will be held on the banks of the Huangpu River from May 16-19, 2024, while the Budapest Games will take place from June 20-23 at the Ludovika Campus of the National University of Public Service. The closing day in Budapest will coincide with Olympic Day, the celebration of the five-ring movement, held on June 23 each year and will also mark the end of the 2024 qualification period for Paris.
These programs will be significant milestones on the road to the Paris Games in the four sports, with at least half of the quotas for these events being won in Shanghai and Budapest between 464 competitors.
“The Olympic Qualification Series is an exciting opportunity for athletes to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics. They can showcase their skills in vibrant venues in major cities in front of enthusiastic fans. Shanghai and Budapest fit perfectly into the concept of the Olympic Qualification Series: an ideal backdrop for an exciting new chapter in the Olympic movement,” noted Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The event is expected to attract a high level of media interest and attention with 12-15,000 visitors, as it is the last major competition in the four sports.
The international coverage and online streaming of the footage from Budapest will be available to tens of millions of viewers worldwide.
“It is a great opportunity for Hungary to host the Olympic Qualification Series. The International Olympic Committee’s invitation is another recognition of the outstanding quality of the international sporting events organized by Hungary in recent years,” emphasized Ádám Schmidt, State Secretary for Sport. He added that “the competition will make a major contribution to the development of sports in Hungary, and it will also be a sport that is very popular among young people, helping us to promote sport and everyday physical activity even more.”
FactUrban sports have already been successfully featured at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the 2019 World Urban Games in Budapest, and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, where urban parks provided the backdrop for these dynamic sports. This concept will be brought to life again next year in the heart of Paris, on Place de la Concorde.
Via Index, MTI, Featured image via Pixabay