As per the Olympic Charter Rules 26 and 27, WDSF and DanceSport were granted full recognition by the 106th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 4 September 1997, with all the rights and obligations that this entails.
For it to be recognised by the IOC, DanceSport had to meet a stringent set of criteria comprising
For WDSF to renew the recognition periodically, its statutes, practices and all its activities must keep in conformity with the Olympic Charter, and it is specifically required to
Through its recognition, WDSF became a member of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), an organisation constituted through and recognised by the IOC. ARISF is one of the pillars to the Olympic Movement, with its 32 Member International Federations (IFs) committed to respect and foster the latter's values and principles.
"The 32 IF Members of ARISF are a part of the Olympic Movement. In these fast-changing times where the interests of young people are rapidly evolving, the Olympic Programme for the Summer and Winter Games is constantly under review to ensure it remains relevant to young generations. When the IOC Programme Commission looks at the programme of the Games, it does not only consider ways of enhancing the sports that are already on the programme, but also looks at the IOC-recognised sports to evaluate their potential contribution to the future Games."
Dr Jacques Rogge, IOC President
The WDSF President, Mr Carlos Freitag, was elected as Vice-President of ARISF in 2009. Together with the other ARISF Council members he spearheads the association's campaign to have all recognised sports fully integrated into the structures which govern and administer sports at the national level.
DanceSport and 68 WDSF National Member Bodies are recognised by the respective National Olympic Committees (NOC) already. WDSF is confident that all member bodies will eventually be granted outright recognition by their NOC.