The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) invites expressions of interest from those who may wish to stage next year’s IPC World Wheelchair DanceSport Championships, the sport’s flagship biennial competition.
The announcement comes at what the IPC claims is an exciting time for the sport, which has recently expanded into Asia and has seen a number of changes to the programme at its events, including adding singles and freestyle competitions.
It follows the success of the 2015 World Championships, held in 2024 Olympic and Paralympic candidate city Rome.
“Wheelchair DanceSport is growing in profile and popularity all the time,” IPC chief executive Xavier Gonzalez said.
“The 2017 edition will follow the 2015 World Championships in Rome which attracted interest from fans and media around the world and raised the bar for the organisation of major international events.
“There were dancers from new countries in Latin America and in recent years we have seen the sport’s profile grow with competitions in places such as China and Japan.
“Hosting a World Championships is not only an opportunity to be part of an exciting future, but afterwards to be remembered as a key milestone in history.”
In 2016, the first-ever Asian Championships are due to be held, with a venue and date still to be announced. The new season is due to begin with the Kazakhstan Open in Astana from April 9 to 10.
The 2013 World Championships were held in Tokyo and attracted over 150 athletes from 20 countries. That competition led to the addition of the very first Asian Pacific Cup in Beijing in 2014, and another competition in Astana.
Around 160 competitors attended the 2015 World Championships in Rome, where 14 medals were on offer across the two classes, class one and two.
WDSF National Member Bodies and their organisers interested in the 2017 World Championships can express an interest by clicking here.
The Finals in Shanghai brought the GrandSlam Series 2015 to an end. The dancers will soon enjoy their well deserved Christmas and New Year holidays. In January and February a new season begins with national competitions and championships held in many countries.
The first major international competition will be the Finnish Open DanceSport Championships (Finland Open) in Helsinki. It will launch the GrandSlam Series 2016.
The Finland Open is again held at the Exhibition Centre of Helsinki, a fabulous venue that is directly connected to the Holiday Inn hotel. In addition to the WDSF GrandSlam, other Open competitions will be held for every age group: Senior 1, 2, 3 and 4 Open, Rising Stars, Youth Open, Junior 2 and 1 Open, Juvenile 2and 1 Open competitions. There will even be PD Opens!
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