The 2020 World Breaking Championship makes a return to the city of Nanjing in China after having also hosted the event last year.
The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) confirmed that the eastern Chinese city would host the event from 30 August.
The Championship is expected to gather over 150 b-boys and b-girls, who will compete in 1vs1 battles for the chance to be crowned world champion.
“We were very satisfied with the outcome of last year’s Championship and are excited to be returning to Nanjing this year,” said WDSF President Shawn Tay.
“Most importantly, the feedback from the dancers was quite positive, so we are looking forward to once again seeing the world’s best b-boys and b-girls showcasing their incredible skills in China this August.”
The 2019 World Breaking Championship featured some 150 breakers from a record 65 countries. B-girl Ami from Japan) and B-boy Menno of the Netherlands are the reigning world champions.
Qualification for the World Breaking Championship will be through national member Bodies.
Each member can select two b-girls and two b-boys, most of whom will qualify via national qualifiers. The local organisers have the right to also invite a number of the world’s leading breakers in addition to the national quotas.
The championships would give Malaysia’s own Sam Jek Lee @ Lego Sam the chance to strut his stuff against the worlds best, if selected by the national body.
Sam Jee Lek, who is a member of Malaysia’s pioneering dance crew – Katoon Network, became the first ever Malaysian to win a breakdance gold at the Manila Sea Games.
Breaking has been provisionally approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be part of the sports programme for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, following its Olympic debut at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018. A final decision on whether Breaking will appear in Paris will be made in December this year.
In December 2019, the IOC confirmed that Breaking has been included on the sports programme for the next Youth Olympic Games, due to take place in Dakar, Senegal in 2022.