Breakdancing, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been provisionally included on the programme for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed.

The decision was made by IOC members on the second day of the organisation's 134th session in Lausanne and it rubber-stamped a proposal made by Paris 2024's organising committee earlier this year.

The inclusion of breakdancing - or breaking, as the sport is known - will perhaps surprise some but it was part of the Youth Olympic Games programme in 2018 and will feature in the inaugural World Urban Games in Budapest in September.

Climbing, skateboarding and surfing are all set to make their Olympic debuts in Tokyo next year but the two other sports added to the 2020 programme by the Japanese, baseball/softball and karate, have been dropped by the French.

Squash was the other sport in contention for a place in the 2024 schedule but remains the Olympic movement's perennial bridesmaid. 

In a statement, IOC president Thomas Bach said the four sports proposed by Paris 2024 are "totally in line" with his 'Olympic Agenda 2020' plan for making the Games more diverse, urban and appealing to younger audiences.

"The proposed sports are in line with these principles and enhance Paris 2024's overall dynamic Games concept, which focuses on inclusivity, inspiring a new audience and hosting socially responsible Games," said Bach.

The four sports will involve 248 extra athletes, split evenly between men and women, and they will not require any additional infrastructure or take the overall athlete quota beyond 10,500.

This, however, is not the end of matter as the IOC's executive board will make a final ruling on the sports programme and athlete quotas in December 2020 but this was the end of the line for baseball/softball, karate and squash, as no further sports can now be added.