The Asian Games 2023 are poised to create history on Friday, October 6, as they introduce breaking, an electrifying dance sport competition. The breaking competition is scheduled to be held at the Gongshu Canal Sports Park Gymnasium and promises to be a captivating addition to the Asian Games lineup.
The inclusion of breaking in the Asian Games 2023 program comes ahead of its debut in the Olympics next summer in Paris, making the Hangzhou event a pivotal moment for the sport. The gold medalists in both the men’s and women’s categories at the Asian Games will secure a coveted quota spot for the Paris 2024 Olympics, elevating the significance of this competition.
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Japan emerges as the frontrunner to clinch the inaugural Asian Games breaking titles, boasting a formidable quartet of athletes who delivered impressive performances at the WDSF World Breaking Championships in Leuven, Belgium. Shigekix, the men’s bronze medalist at the world championships, stands as a top contender and is determined to ascend to the podium’s highest tier in Hangzhou. Issin, another Japanese breaking sensation, poses a potential threat to Shigekix’s quest for victory.
Other notable contenders include Wing Heonwoo from the Republic of Korea and Kazakhstan’s Amir. China’s X-Rain is expected to receive passionate support from the home crowd, enhancing his status as a strong contender in the competition.
The women’s competition is gearing up to be an enthralling three-way showdown, featuring China’s Liu Qingyi (671) and Japanese B-Girls Ami and Ayumi, who clinched silver at the World Championships just last month. Expect outstanding performances from these talented athletes.
The breaking competition kicks off on Friday, October 6, commencing with pre-selection and round-robin matches. The much-anticipated gold-medal showdown will take place the following day, ensuring fans enjoy two days of exhilarating breaking action.
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How to Watch Breaking Live at the 19th Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou
For viewers eager to witness the live action of breaking at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, there are multiple options available for streaming and broadcasting:
- CCTV in China
- TBS in Japan
- Sony LIV (Sony Sports Network) in India
- MediaCorp Channel 5 and mewatch.sg in Singapore
- MNCTV, RCTI, iNews TV, and Vision+ in Indonesia
- KBS, MBC, SBS, and TV Chosun in the Republic of Korea
- RTM and Astro in Malaysia
Tune in to these regional broadcasters for live coverage and on-demand streams, allowing you to experience the excitement and energy of breaking as it makes its grand debut on the Asian Games stage in Hangzhou.
Asian Games 2023 : Breaking – full schedule and start times
*All times Chinese Standard Time (UTC +8 hours)
|Friday 6 October 2023||14:30||Men||Pre-Selection|
|Friday 6 October 2023||15:30||Women||Pre-Selection|
|Friday 6 October 2023||16:15||Men Group A-D||Round Robin|
|Friday 6 October 2023||18:30||Women Group A-D||Round Robin|
|Saturday 7 October 2023||18:00||Men||Knock-out|
|Saturday 7 October 2023||18:40||Women||Knock-out|
|Saturday 7 October 2023||19:20||Men||Semi-finals|
|Saturday 7 October 2023||19:40||Women||Semi-finals|
|Saturday 7 October 2023||20:00||Men||Bronze medal|
|Saturday 7 October 2023||20:06||Women||Bronze medal|
|Saturday 7 October 2023||20:20||Men||Gold medal|
|Saturday 7 October 2023||20:26||Women||Gold medal|