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  • Next Stop: 2017 Wroclaw

    On the day the International World Games Association announces that IOC President Bach will attend the 2017 Wroclaw Opening Ceremony, the WDSF Sports Commission is at work to ensure that DanceSport will shine again in The World Games.

    24/01/2017 read more ...
  • Chairman of the Sports Commission

    Michael Eichert is voted unanimously to the position of Chairman of the  Sports Commission by the WDSF Presidium. After serving as a member of the commission for a decade already, he assumes his new role well prepared.

    22/01/2017 read more ...
  • New WDSF Sports Director

    Tommy Shaughnessy is elected to the position of Sports Director by his colleagues on the WDSF Presidium. He will perform the duties as an employee of DanceSport's world governing body. The elected position remains vacant until the 2017 AGM.

    22/01/2017 read more ...
  • Marco Sietas: Resignation

    The resignation of Marco Sietas, who had held the positions of Sports Director, Chairman of the Sports and of the Membership Commissions, among others, over the past years, of all of his offices with WDSF is accepted by the Presidium.

    22/01/2017 read more ...
  • Europe Meets World

    The President and Vice-President of DanceSport Europe, Luis VaƱo and Heidi Estler, respectively, present their continental organisation together with a concept to fund its operations to the members of the WDSF Presidium in Barcelona.

    22/01/2017 read more ...
  • Giving It Another Spin

    The IOC Communications Department publishes another article on DanceSport in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games: five things you need to know about the B-Boying and B-Girling taking the stage in Argentina in October of next year.

    21/01/2017 read more ...
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Centennial of Asian Games 10/05/2011

Asian Games © 2010 Guangzhou

The Asian Games trace their roots back to 1913, when Manila hosted what was called the Oriental Olympics, later known as the Far Eastern Games. The Philippines was the prime mover of the event, initially held every two years by turns in Manila, Shanghai, CHN, and Osaka, JPN. There were 11 Games staged until political unrest and wars forced their cancellation in 1934.

After World War II, representatives from the Philippines and China conferred to resurrect the Games in 1948. The next year, the Asian Athletic Federation was established in New Delhi and declared the birth of the Asian Games to be held every four years. In 1951, the first Asian Games were hosted by New Delhi with 489 athletes from 11 participating nations vying for honors in 57 events in six sports, including swimming, athletics, basketball and football. Their latest edition, the 16th, assembled a record 9,704 athletes competing in 476 events in 42 sports in Guangzhou, CHN. DanceSport was included for the first time!

To celebrate the centennial, “special edition” multi-sport games are sanctioned by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to take place in the Philippines in November or December 2013. The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), as the host and organiser, has tentatively earmarked DanceSport and 17 other sports to be included in these games. Once their proposal is firmed up, it will be forwarded to the OCA. If approved, the POC will meet with OCA to discuss the other details in the conduct and supervision of the Games.

The next edition of the “real” Asian Games will take place in Incheon, KOR, in 2014.