The French breakdance team is preparing for the great Paris Olympics with the support of public and private partners.
On the occasion of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, breakdance will be part of the Olympic program for the first time in history. A worldwide recognition for this discipline, which has existed for about forty years, but also a great challenge for this sport, which does not have solid structures in France that would allow it to establish itself permanently in the landscape of French elite sport. “It’s been going on for two or three years exclaims Abdel Moustapha, coach of the French team, one of the flagship nations of hip-hop currently affiliated with the French Dance Federation. It was first necessary to recognize our discipline as a top sport, to then create official competitions such as the French championship“Adds the boss of the blues.
Profiles of athletes taking part in the Olympic Games in Paris are already being created. France could have four spots, two for boys and two more for girls, to shine in front of the tricolor crowd in the summer of 2024. In a sport that lacks a professional circle, the young candidates for selection are now viewed as high-level athletes, having to juggle training and classes in preparation for the big Paris meeting. A preparation fraught with pitfalls, but facilitated by the intervention of private partners in support of French athletes.
Caisse d’Epargne, partner of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, has supported French breakdance through the Blacklist association. Financial, legal and communication support, essential for this still young discipline. “Sept B-Boys and B-Girls of the new generation participate in this project. You excel at the national level but don’t yet have the international experience“Explains the young 32-year-old trainer from the North, who will be flying to the United States with a few selected athletes in the coming months. “The primary objective is to support these young people who have high hopes for medals at the Paris Games 2024 in these major competitions. We have therefore identified two major competitions, namely the Redbull BC One in New York and the Freestyle Session in Los Angeles, and we built the project to support these young people in the United States, where breakdance was born, and give them the Opportunity to give Take part in these great competitions, gain experience and come back to France even more motivated, train even more and get the medal in Paris in 2024“, explains Abdel Moustapha.
The support of the banking group, which supports 67 Olympic athletes, including 17 para-athletes, is not limited to breakdancing, which is guaranteed to remain in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic program. Those in charge have established a lasting partnership with the world of basketball and in particular the 3×3 version with the construction or renovation of 80 courts in France (the aim is to make 100 available throughout the country) as part of an operation called Pacte Useful.
Handball, and handball in particular, an emerging discipline, also benefits from a program run by the French company, in the presence of which Luc Abalo directs this development program. “This first year of the Beneficial Pact has allowed us to start a very good momentum to support athletes, teams and federations, to carry out social impact programs and to participate in a major implementation plan for sports infrastructures. Two years before the Paris 2024 appointment, our action will intensify with new commitments that will contribute to the legacy of this event throughout France.explained Pascal Pouyet, development director of the Caisse d’Épargne.