The 49-year-old, known as Kev the Renegade, told The Telegraph: “People try and disrespect and say ‘we might as well have tiddlywinks’, but I would put the fitness and athleticism of a B-Boy or B-Girl against any of these sports any day.
“It is as much a sport as anything else, it’s athletic, it has rules, it has judges. I don’t think sport is limited to running and jumping.
“We have incredible people here, we just need facilities. We have got a new generation coming – we could be contenders.”
And with an experimental new judging system based on creativity as much as skill, he hopes one thing is clear: “We are not gymnastics.”
Announcing its decision, Paris 2024 described breaking as an “urban, universal and popular sport with more than a million BBoys and BGirls in France”.
There are fears, however, its potential emergence as a mainstream discipline may ultimately shut out the urban communities in which it has flourished.