Students celebrate 130th anniversary of the IOC with breaking competition

Students celebrate 130th anniversary of the IOC with breaking competition

The National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan organised a breakdancing competition to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Some 64 schoolchildren, aged from six to 16, took part with breaking making its Olympic debut in Paris this summer.

In recent years, the discipline has seen an exponential growth in the number of participants and practitioners. Recently, the Azerbaijan Olympic Committee held a breaking competition at one of the Olympic Culture and Education Programme (OCEP) schools to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with 64 students from different schools taking part.

The participants in the competition in Azerbaijan were between six and 16 years old. AZE NOC
The participants in the competition in Azerbaijan were between six and 16 years old. AZE NOC

However, the event, organised by the Azerbaijan Olympic Committee, had an educational purpose with the youngest participant six years old and the oldest 16. These young dancers showcased their skills, creativity and dedication. The audience had a great time, demonstrating the universal appeal of breakdancing.

During the event, Namig Jafarov, Head of the OCEP Expert Group, underlined the transformative power of the Olympic Games in the lives of young people. He highlighted the upcoming Paris 2024 Games as "a beacon of hope and aspiration". Namig Jafarov also underlined the core values of the Olympic Games: "friendship, excellence and respect".


The youth showcase acrobatics to the beat of the music. AZE NOC
The youth showcase acrobatics to the beat of the music. AZE NOC

The winners of the breaking competition were awarded certificates and medals. Events such as these are organised by the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan. They aim to promote a sense of unity, creativity and sporting excellence among young people.

Breaking is a style of urban dance that originated in the United States in the 1970s. Rooted in hip-hop culture, breaking originated in the Bronx district of New York City. It is characterised by acrobatic movements. In the 1990s, the style became popular with both the hip-hop community and the general public when the first international competitions were held around the world.



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