Breakdancing Will Be an Olympic Event in 2024
“Breaking”, or breakdancing, has become an official Olympic event. Breaking is an athletic kind of street dance that first appeared in the 1970s.
Breaking was first tried out as an Olympic sport during the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. On Monday, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) announced that the event would be included when the Olympic games are held in Paris in 2024.
The move is just one of many recent changes being made to the Olympics in the hope of attracting more young people. IOC President Thomas Bach says the IOC can’t expect that young people “will come automatically to us. We have to go to them.”
Even before 2024, many of these new additions will be seen during the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. These include such sports as skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing.
Surfing is a special challenge for host cities such as Paris, where there is no ocean. To solve that problem, Paris has partnered with Tahiti, where the surfing part of the games will be held.
New Zealanders Upset Over Fake Money Drop
Last Saturday, over a thousand people gathered in Aotea Square in Auckland, New Zealand for what was supposed to be a “money drop”. A company called Safety Warehouse had promised to give away $100,000 in “actual money”.
But the event soon became unpleasant for everyone involved. As someone from the company sprayed the “money” out, using a special gun, people in the crowd pushed and shoved as they tried hard to collect the money.
Things got worse when many people discovered that instead of real New Zealand $5 notes, they had picked up coupons – pieces of paper which looked like a $5 note, but only offered lower prices on the Safety Warehouse website.
Safety Warehouse says that $100,000 in real money was given away, but that there were also coupons in addition to the money.
Many people were upset by the event, which wound up with some people being sent to the hospital. Several people spent their own money to travel to the event and only wound up with coupons.
Some people now say they will boycott Safety Warehouse. The government is looking into the event to see if any laws were broken.
Australian Cricket League Umpires Show Ads in Armpits
Though many people are used to seeing athletes with company names on their uniforms, Cricket Australia is trying something brand new: putting ads in the armpits of their umpires.
Cricket Australia says it has reached an advertising deal with the company Rexona, which makes deodorants.
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Under the agreement, umpires for the Big Bash League’s Twenty20 contests will have ads for Rexona in the armpit area of their uniforms. The ads, which have the company’s name and logo, will be easy to see when the umpires raise their arms.
Rexona, which is owned by the company Unilever, says it’s the first business to come up with the idea. The company is now working to protect the idea of “pit-vertising”, or armpit advertising.
The ads could be seen in the first game of the season, between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers.