Paris Rules Out Baseball, Karate In 2024 Olympics

Paris rules out baseball, karate in 2024 Olympics

Baseball, softball and karate will likely be dropped from the 2024 Paris Olympics but breakdancing is expected to make its Olympic debut.

Host cities are allowed to pick additional sports and the organizing committee for the Paris Games announced its candidates on Thursday.

They will be added to the 28 key sports already on the Olympic program.

The committee told a news conference in Paris that it has chosen surfing, sport climbing, skateboarding and breakdancing, an athletic form of street dance.

Surfing, climbing and skateboarding are set to make their debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Baseball and softball are to return to the Games in Tokyo and karate will make its Olympic debut, but all three will now probably be dropped from the Paris Games.

The Paris proposals still need approval from the International Olympic Committee. The organizers will present its list to the IOC executive board meeting next month.

Paris committee President Tony Estanguet said including team sports such as baseball and softball was difficult given the quota for events and athlete numbers.

Estanguet said karate did not fit the Paris Games' concept or culture.