Entries are now being accepted through social media for Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games breakdancing competition ©WDSF

Entries for the breakdancing competition at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires are now being accepted through social media.

The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) revealed the move at the halfway point of the online qualifying process.

An online platform, called "Breaking for Gold", was unveiled in May and has enabled athletes to upload videos of their breaking routines.

Last December, the International Olympic Committee agreed to add three breakdancing events to the schedule for the event in Argentina's capital.

The WDSF claimed the qualification system, which will aim to identify the world's best male and female breakers born between 2000 and 2002, is "without precedent" in Olympic sport.

A total of 12 dancers will compete in both the male and female competitions and there will also be a mixed team event.

The latest part of the qualification process has been titled "Breaking for Gold – Here I Am!" and is less formal way of submitting videos to be judged.

According to the WDSF, judges will screen the entries and come to a verdict within seven days of the entry to determine whether it has the quality to be part of the second stage of qualifying.

The successful entrants will be contacted through the social media where they uploaded the video, with precise and personalised instructions as to what else they will need to do in order to formalise their entry.

This would include the possibility of being eligible for funding to cover travel expenses in the next stage of the overall qualification process.

Breakdancing was added to the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games programme last year ©WDSF
Breakdancing was added to the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games programme last year ©WDSF

Entrants have until July 31 to upload their video file.

All videos uploaded to the platform between May 1 and July 31 will be screened by moderators before being made available for public viewing.

A decision on the five males and five females per country, who will be eligible to enter the second stage of qualifying, will be taken solely by expert judges.

Starting on August 1 and working online from their respective countries, 10 members of a judging panel will assess all of the videos.

They will establish the final standing per country and gender, identifying those who can then take the next step towards Buenos Aires 2018 by competing in one of three continental qualifiers held later this year.

By July 3, nearly 50 per cent of submissions were from Russia, with the WDSF expressing their hope major breakdancing nations, including France, China and South Korea would start uploading entries.

Athletes are encouraged to use music from the official DJs to ensure they do not have to reshoot their entries.