UFC star Cyril Gane will carry the Olympic torch ahead of the 2024 Summer Games in Paris

Cyril Gane will carry the Olympic flame on June 4.

Seven weeks before the official start of the games in Paris, France on July 26, the former interim UFC heavyweight world champion will carry the torch in his hometown of La Roche-sur-Yon.

“Proud to carry the flame,” Gein wrote in a translated Instagram post. “I hope to see MMA in Olympic competition one day.”

Cyril Gane

This summer, more than 10,000 athletes will descend on the City of Light to compete for one of the most coveted prizes in all of sports: an Olympic medal.

The opening ceremony, which begins on the last Friday of July, will take place on the River Seine, where boats representing each national delegation will travel from east to west, making their way through the center of Paris, where athletes will compete over the next 16 days.

In addition to the athletes, more than 40,000 volunteers and 20,000 accredited journalists will take part in the Olympic Games. The 329 scheduled events will take place across 35 different venues, providing 350,000 hours of television coverage. Millions of viewers will watch the celebrations live from Paris, and billions more will watch from their homes and mobile devices around the world.

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A new sport will debut at the 2024 Summer Olympics, but it's not MMA.

Of the 32 sports represented, there will be one newcomer at the 2024 Games: breaking.

Breaking, also known as breakdancing, is an urban dance style that became a mainstay of hip-hop culture in the 1970s. According to the official Olympics website, the event will feature “16 b-boys and 16 b-girls battling it out in exciting solo battles,” improvising their moves to the beat of a DJ's tracks.

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Breaking will be the only new sport introduced at this year's Games, but sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing will return to the Olympics after debuting in Tokyo four years ago.

Unfortunately, mixed martial arts will not be part of the games, but many combat sports fans hope that the sport will one day grace the Olympic stage. Currently, martial arts fans can enjoy karate, judo, wrestling and boxing, which have been part of the summer spectacle for some time now.

In 2022, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) granted temporary recognition to sambo, kickboxing and Muay Thai, but none will debut in 2024. Perhaps we'll see them at the 2028 Games when the Olympics are held in Los Angeles. Angeles, California.

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