Breaking Added To 2024 Olympics; Swimming Quota Drops by 26 Athletes

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed the sport program for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Breaking, or the sport of breakdancing, will make its Olympic debut.

The Paris 2024 lineup will also include new Olympic sports skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. All three of those sports are set to make their Olympic debuts at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, now pushed to the summer of 2021.

Despite the addition of a new sport, the overall athlete quota will actually shrink from the 2020 Olympics. Tokyo’s overall athlete quota is set at 11,092. But the IOC says that Paris will feature a 10,500-athlete quota. The event also reduced the number of officials needed, in order to reduce the size and complexity of the Olympics. The IOC had announced plans to cut down on the overall athlete quota as far back as June.

“The reduction across the 28 sports has been proportionate and focused on those sports that can best absorb the reduction, whilst maintaining the universality of the Games,” the IOC writes in its press release.

Here are the athlete quotas for swimming and other aquatic sports, compared to the 2020 Olympics. You can click on the Paris and Tokyo headers for full quota documents for all sports:

Paris 2024 Tokyo 2020
Women Men Total Athletes Total Athletes Women Men
Swimming 426 (-13) 426 (-13) 852 (-26) 878 439 439
Open Water Swimming 22 (-3) 22 (-3) 44 (-6) 50 25 25
Diving 68 68 136 136 68 68
Water Polo 110 132 242 242 110 132
Artistic Swimming 96 (-8) 0 96 (-8) 104 104 0
ALL AQUATICS 722 (-24) 648 (-16) 1370 (-40) 1410 746 664

Diving and water polo see no changes. (Water polo saw a reduction in women’s teams and athletes for the 2020 Olympic quotas.) The 2024 Olympics will allow for three fewer women and three fewer men to qualify in open water swimming. And the overall athlete quota for pool swimming will drop by 13 men and 13 women. Artistic swimming (formerly known as synchronized swimming) will drop by 8.

The IOC says the Paris 2024 Olympics will have exactly 50% male and female participation. That’s been a key goal of the IOC the past several Olympic cycles. Rio featured 45.6% female participation overall. Tokyo is set to feature 48.8% female participation. And Paris should have exactly even numbers of men and women competing across all sports.

The IOC also says that 28 out of 32 Olympic sports will be fully gender equal for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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2 years ago

We lose swimming spots for break dancing. Just stop and let that sink in for a minute.
Can LA reverse this in 2028?

2 years ago

Does this basically mean no relay only swimmers?

Will be difficult if swimmers competing in multiple events have to do prelims and finals for relays

Last edited 2 years ago by SCCOACH
Reply to  SCCOACH
2 years ago

Doesn’t look like it’ll make a big impact, as the total athletes is only going down by 26. 174 nations competed in swimming in 2016 so we’re looking at roughly 0.15 less per nation, assuming it’s distributed evenly.

Reply to  DMacNCheez
2 years ago

It won’t be. How many countries had low single digit entries? They will all be the same.

It is going to be taken off the countries with larger groups of competitors. Perhaps one less relay only swimmer for teams with a 4×100 relay entered would be my guess.

Samuli Hirsi
Reply to  SCCOACH
2 years ago

it would be good to skip relay only swimmers, earn your way in.

Erich ODonnell
Reply to  Samuli Hirsi
2 years ago

Relay only swimmers still earn their way! To say this is taking away from the immense amount of time and energy these swimmers put in.

Reply to  Samuli Hirsi
2 years ago

Implying relay only swimmers didn’t earn there spot on the relay?

Reply to  Yabo
2 years ago

I mean… we could indeed get rid of “morning swimmers”, 4 swimmers per relay and that’s it

Reply to  SCCOACH
2 years ago

One thing that could be done to not affect the number of swimmers competing in individual events could be to reduce the number of relay only swimmers from a maximum of 12 for a country down to 8 or 10.

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