The International Olympic Committee recently announced that it will include breakdancing as an official sport in the 2024 Paris Games in a bid to make the Games “more gender balanced, more youthful and more urban”. Breakdancing will be called breaking at the Olympics, a term used by its pioneers in 1970s America. Skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing, which are making its debut at the Tokyo Games next year, have also been confirmed for Paris 2024. Breaking made its debut at the 2018 Summer Youth Games in Buenos Aires. Meanwhile, the number of weightlifting and boxing categories have been cut down and the IOC has turned down requests for mixed relay cross-country athletics and coastal rowing. The number of athletes has been reduced to 10,500 from 11,092 in Tokyo. Here are the other updates of the week:
World Athletics Gives Nod To ‘Development Shoes’
Kibiwott Kandie, Jacob Kiplimo, Rhonex Kipruto, and Alexander Mutiso finished the Valencia Half Marathon on Sunday in under 58 minutes, all four athletes broke Geoffrey Kamworor’s world record of 58:01 for half marathon set in September 2019. Kenya’s Kandie won the title by finishing the race at 57.32. On the day of Kandie’s win, who was wearing the new Adidas Adizero Adios Pros, the World Athletics reversed its ban on shoe prototypes, allowing shoe companies to use them “in all races except the World Athletics series or Olympic Games.” In simpler terms, athletes will be allowed to run in shoes still under development. This decision has once again sparked a debate on shoe technology and the race to dominate world records in athletics.
‘End Abusive Sex Testing’
A report published by a human rights group accused the World Athletics of targeting and harming women track and field athletes from the Global South for “abusive sex testing” regulations based on racially biased standards of femininity and gender stereotypes. “These regulations demean women, make them feel inadequate, and coerce them into medical interventions for participation in sports,” said Payoshni Mitra, scholar and athlete rights advocate. While the report states, there’s not enough scientific evidence to show that higher levels of testosterone impact performance, South Africa’s Caster Semenya and India’s Dutee Chand faced bans for the same reason. The report terms these “practices as unscientific, unethical, and violations of domestic and international human rights laws”.
Cycling On Hills
Climbing a hill, whether it is 100m or a few 100km, often is the most daunting task for new cyclists. In a two-part series, ace cyclist Gokul Krishna covers tips on how to get better at climbing hills and ideal locations across the world where you can cycle and set new year goals. He guides us through the proper usage of gears, cadence, weight, rhythm and pacing. He writes, “Every climb comes with a rider’s cabinet full of stories on how scary it is. If you have the right gear ratios, have the right cadence and have dialled in your weight, the only thing that is standing between you and the hill is your rhythm. Identify a comfortable rhythm through a combination of cadence, heart rate and/or power and just stick to it.” Read on:
Can You Spare 11 minutes?
You are probably familiar with Shah Rukh Khan’s rousing speech to a women’s hockey team in the seminal film Chak De India where he says “You have seventy minutes… Perhaps the most important seventy minutes of your life…” In real life, you don’t need 70 minutes, you just need 11 minutes of walking to counter the negative health effects of sitting for long hours. A new study found that sedentary people faced a high risk of dying young, however, about 11 minutes of exercise every day could significantly reduce the risk of premature death. But “the sweet spot for physical activity and longevity seemed to arrive at about 35 minutes a day of brisk walking or other moderate activities”.
The Year Of Fitness
The year 2020 was unprecedented in many ways and the defining factor was good health. Finisher Magazine spoke to fitness coaches and runners about their workout regimes and how they changed and adapted to the evolving fitness needs.
Exercise To Burn Calories
A global survey conducted this year showed dramatic changes in health behaviours. People around the world ate more junk food, cut down their physical activities, got more anxious and slept less. Factors such as heart rate training zone, resting heart rate, weight, types of exercises impact calorie burn during workout. If you are looking to shed some pandemic weight, here are some exercises that burn the most calories.