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  • Fifth Most Voted Sports Personalities

    Jaak Vainomaa and Taina Savikurki, the 2016 World Champions Ten Dance, were nominated for the "Sports Personalities of the Year" award in Finland. Sports journalist put them on the ballot and the TV audience in fifth place.

    18/01/2017 read more ...
  • The World Games 2017 Wroclaw

    One of the highlights of 2017 will undoubtedly be The World Games that are held in Wroclaw, POL, from 20 to 30 July. For the fifth consecutive time, DanceSport will be among the 30+ sports that are contested. Four disciplines are featured!

    17/01/2017 read more ...
  • U.S. A Success!

    The first figures are in for the six-part World DanceSport GrandSlam Series airing on public broadcast stations all across the United States. Six hours of Latin and Standard dancing in the GrandSlams were broadcast 2,000 times!

    16/01/2017 read more ...
  • Firsts Around The Corner

    The first "Live from blog ..." to get rolled out in 2017 is the one of the Helsinki leg of this year's GrandSlam Series. On 17 March 2017, two month from now, it all starts back up! Wouldn't it be nice to welcome our first "IWGA Athletes of the Year" to the floor on this occasion too?

    13/01/2017 read more ...
  • Positive Perspective

    Since early December 2016, a task force made up of experts from WDSF as well as several other organisations is hard at work, preparing for the breakin' events at the Buenos Aires 2018 YOG. Others signal their approval of the approach taken.

    12/01/2017 read more ...
  • DS in WDSF

    With WDSF too often cast as a "ballroom" organisation by people without proper insights and grasp, it is appropriate to look back at the World DanceSport Games in Kaohsiung, TPE, as they visualise best what the DS in our acronym stands for. 

    11/01/2017 read more ...
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SportAccord Report II 09/04/2014

SportAccord 2014 There are quite a few women athletes to be met at SportAccord. Here you have Charmaine Crooks, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Alessia Trost - former and current world champions in athletics - taking a selfie with IAAF President Lamine Diack.

Today was a little less stressful as the Annual General Meetings for IWGA, ARISF and the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) were all held yesterday. This allowed Eva and I to enjoy a coffee outside in the 20º weather at the Sussei Hotel.

An afterthought on the IMGA meeting: there was a thorough presentation of the World Masters Games in 2017 in Auckland, NZL. This sounds to be a fantastic event. Carlos and Lukas are doing their very best to ensure Dancesport’s participation in New Zealand in three years' time. We look forward to following the progress.  

Today we had the possibility of sitting in on part of the General Meeting of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations - ASOIF - which gave a good idea of what it means to be at the very heart of the Olympic Movement. It was both interesting and educational.

Through talking with some International Olympic Committee members, Eva and I were pleased to hear on behalf of DanceSport that the mixed gender sports which the IOC tried in the Sochi Winter Olympics were a huge success. This should help give even more appeal to our sport, where mixed gender is as commonplace as it gets.

The SportAccord opening ceremony took place in the main auditorium where they had built up a lovely stage. The speeches were held by Ugur Erdener, President of the Turkish National Olympic Committee, by Thomas Bach, IOC President, and by Marius Viser, President of Sport Accord.
They were followed by a show of Turkish dancers who gave their rendition of the Mediterranean Sun. This was a nice cultural experience.