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Photo Journal: Breakthrough break-dancers

(Mainichi/Kimi Takeuchi)

Youth Olympic break dancing medalists Shigeyuki Nakarai, left, and Ramu Kawai pose for photographers at a Feb. 22 press conference held in Tokyo's Koto Ward after the sport was submitted as a new competition to be considered for the 2024 Paris Games. Kawai, 17, became the first B-girl champion at the Youth Olympics last October. She told her mother, "It would be great if break dancing became a new Olympic competition someday," as they watched the Olympics together. Kawai said excitingly, "It's so amazing." Meanwhile, 16-year-old Nakarai won the bronze medal at the Youth Olympics. "I've been putting all my efforts into break dancing and I'm glad there's a chance to perform in the Olympics, which was my dream," said Nakarai. He added, "I'm not confident but I will definitely win a gold medal."

    (Japanese original by Hiroyuki Asatsuma, Sports News Department)

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