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    20/04/2018 read more ...
  • Day Two By Ashli

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    18/04/2018 read more ...
  • Ashli On Day One

    Ashli Williamson, the chair of the Athletes' Commission and currently member of the WDSF delegation to SportAccord in Bangkok, THA, keeps a diary on what  she sess, hears and does at this world summit of sports and business.

    17/04/2018 read more ...
  • Sixth Term For Hinder

    The executive board of the International World Games Association (IWGA) has been elected by the IWGA 2018 General Meeting in Bangkok, THA. WDSF President stood for re-election to a sixth term as IWGA Tresurer.

    16/04/2018 read more ...
  • Bangkok Bound

    A sizeable delegation of the World DanceSport Federation will soon be travelling to Bangkok, THA, for the 2018 edition of SportAccord, the "World Sport and Business Summit." WDSF President Hinder runs for the IWGA Board.

    13/04/2018 read more ...
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    Over the past weekend, the All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll had two mega events taking place at locations which are 2,000 km apart and established an air bridge between the two.

    10/04/2018 read more ...
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Enter Monika 14/11/2012

Monika and the TPE flag © Eliasch Nobody knows whether it was in fact Betsy Ross who made the first American flag for George Washington. But after continuing your read you will know with absolute certainty who the expert seamstress behind the first Chinese Taipei flag (hand) made in Austria is.

The problem was one of protocol. World Latin organiser Wolfgang Eliasch needed a flag that was not available anywhere in Vienna for it to be carried by Leo Lin and Ya Yen Chen, TPE, in the athletes' parade on Saturday.

If you should be wondering what the "TPE" stands for, it is the crucial part of the protocol that makes the flag an absolute "must have" for Wolfgang. The Olympic country code stands for Chinese Taipei which - in world sports - is the politically correct name for the Republic of China (ROC) - aka Taiwan. The 1979 Session of the International Olympic Committee came up with it, the ROC government formally accepted it in 1981, and the late IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch suggested a flag to go with it at the same time.

It is actually the flag of the "Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee" that is flown at all international sporting events ever since. But finding one in Vienna for the 2012 World Latin proved impossible. Enter Monika! A gifted seamstress and DanceSport enthusiast comes to the rescue! Wolfgang made a plotter print on paper, Monika did the rest - by hand. Olympic rings, intricate patterns, all sewn onto white cloth! Amazing!

A matter of protocol - and cross-strait politics - was handled by an inspired artist.