— Published 16 November 2023

Shanghai is on track

In Shanghai, preparations for the Olympic Qualifier Series are well underway. A major step on the road to the Paris 2024 Games for skateboarding, BMX freestyle, breaking and climbing, the event is scheduled for May 16 to 19. With six months to go, a vast three-day workshop has been taking place in the Chinese city since Tuesday November 14, bringing together representatives of the Shanghai Sports Administration (SAS), the IOC and the four international federations involved: IFSC for climbing, UCI for BMX, WDSF for breaking and World Skate for skateboarding. Discussions focused on the competition calendar, partner activation, broadcasting, digital engagement and media operations. Comments Pierre Fratter-Bardy, the IOC’s Associate Director of Strategy and Olympic Games Development: “Shanghai’s vision for the Olympic qualifying series has been very strong from the outset and is in line with the IOC. The city has great expertise in organizing major sporting events and a deep culture of urban sport.” The Olympic Qualifier Series will be the last chance for Olympic qualification in all four disciplines. In Shanghai, 464 athletes are expected to take part. Budapest was also chosen last month by the IOC as the host city for the Olympic Qualifier Series in urban sports. The Hungarian capital will host the event one month after Shanghai (June 20 to 23), on the Ludovika campus.