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PARIS: Breakdancing, skateboarding, climbing and surfing have been invited to join the 2024 Paris Olympics, the head of the local organising committee said Thursday.

Tony Estanguet said the inclusion of the sports responded to a need to make the Olympics "more urban" and "more artistic".

The organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics want to add breakdancing to the games, which would be a first for the dance sport that came from the streets of New York.

Climbing, surfing and skateboarding are also on Paris' wish-list of events it wants to add to the programmes.

Paris' selection of invited events was announced Thursday by Tony Estanguet, the head of the organizing committee.

The final decision on which events make the cut will be made by the International Olympic Committee after the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Climbing, surfing and skateboarding are already slated for the programme in Tokyo.

Their inclusion would come on top of the 28 sports already on the programme, although the Paris 2024 committee did not confirm the reports to AFP.

Breakthrough for breakdance

Breakdancing, an acrobatic style of street dance typically set to hip-hop or funk music, would be making its first appearance in the Olympics, while the three other sports will all be introduced at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Karate and baseball/softball, all part of the Tokyo programme, are also candidates, as well as squash, which has been repeatedly rebuffed, and petanque.

At least 20 disciplines from federations recognised by the IOC have applied for inclusion.

Local organisers must submit the recommended list to the IOC which will make a decision in December 2020, following the Tokyo Games.

Breakdancing appeared at last year's Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, in the form of "battles" - or duels - decided by judges, and falls under the auspices of the World Dance Sport Federations (WDSF).

The IOC and OCOG have already said the number of participating athletes will be capped at 10,500, a reduction from the Tokyo maximum, for the 2024 Games, limiting the hopes of team sports.

Local organisers also suggested the need for the construction of new permanent venues would likely count against sports pushing to be included.