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Russia's Olympic chief lauds break dance introduction at 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo

April 11, 19:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The IOC announced its approval last month for the introduction of break dance, mountain climbing, skate boarding and surfing competitions on the list of the Olympics

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MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) hails a decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to introduce the sport of break dance on the Olympic program, ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Thursday.

The IOC announced its approval last month for the introduction of break dance, mountain climbing, skate boarding and surfing competitions on the list of the Olympic competitions in Japan in 2020.

"We are glad that break dance is on the list, because we had a really good start in this competition at the Youth Olympic Games," Pozdnyakov said in an interview with TASS.

"One of our [ROC] priorities is the support of emerging sports," the ROC president added.

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo’s Japan between July 24 and August 9 and will see a total of 339 sets of medals to be contested in 33 sports (50 disciplines).

Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said earlier in the year that the Russian national team was faced with the task of entering the top three of the national squads in the overall medals standings at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan’s Tokyo.

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