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  • Your Brand Here

    WDSF makes certain opportunities available for members of the DanceSport industry to associate their brands with the audiovisual productions that are generated by the Communications team from events such as this World Latin!

    17/11/2017 read more ...
  • Countdown Is On

    The countdown to the 2017 World Latin, which is danced on Saturday 18 November in Vienna - Schwechat, AUT, has started. The Austrian Open, the event that it is embedded into, gets underway today, Thursday 16 November.

    16/11/2017 read more ...
  • Coming Your Way

    We are only a few days away from the 2017 World Latin taking place at the Multiversum in Vienna - Schwechat, AUT. As one of the highlights in the WDSF calendar, it generates interest per se, but there are special circumstances ...

    15/11/2017 read more ...
  • Meet Jordan, A B-Boy From South Africa

    B-Boy Jordan is the only representative of Africa who continues on the "Road to Buenos Aires" after coming in 21st at the Continental Qualifier in Essen, GER. Argentina's sports press makes him "South Africa's lone breaking star." 

    14/11/2017 read more ...
  • Two Titles In Two Weeks

    The 2017 World DanceSport Championship Youth Latin was a success, albeit an underexposed one. Most successful were Semen Khrzhanovskiy - Elizaveta Lykhina, who won their second 2017 world title only two weeks after the first.

    13/11/2017 read more ...
  • We Were Live In Takasaki, JPN

    We were able to offer you a quality live stream from the 2017 Cheerleading World Championships in Takasaki, JPN. Unfortunatley, we could not provide you with one from the 2017 World Youth Latin. And there was great demand!

    12/11/2017 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.