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  • The Night of The Legends

    It was awards night at Sportel yesterday. The best television images and the best books in sports were recognised by juries made up of outstanding athletes, true sports legends, who assigned the 12 prizes to the winners. And then it was the turn of Peter, Gabi and Anna ...

    26/10/2016 read more ...
  • Gabi And Anna @ Sportel

    Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus, two-time World Champions in the Latin American dances, visit Monaco and Sportel 2016, the Sports Marketing and Media Convention, on 25 October. There they showcase top-level DanceSport.

    24/10/2016 read more ...
  • New President For FIDS

    The Italian DanceSport Federation FIDS held its ordinary Elective General Meeeting on Saturday 22 October in Rome. Standing unopposed after the other two candidates had withdrawn, Giovanni Costantino was elected by acclamation.

    24/10/2016 read more ...
  • Combat Competition Manipulation | White Paper

    The members of the Presidential Task Force to Combat Competition Manipulation in DanceSport publish a "White Paper" that should serve as the basis to their discussions on and their efforts in improving integrity in DanceSport.

    22/10/2016 read more ...
  • Better Late Than Never

    At long last, the WDSF Communications team releases the second of its "My Very Best 2015" programmes: the Latin Edition. To say that it is merely a compilation of the very best Latin dancing during 2015 doesn't do it justice! It's more: it shows you the human side of it all!

    21/10/2016 read more ...
  • 2016 World Formation Standard

    The WDSF Sports Director advises the Member Bodies that the 2016 World DanceSport Championship Standard Formation will take place in Pécs, HUN, on 4 December. Another major event saved in less than one week!

    21/10/2016 read more ...

Upward Mobility 09/10/2009

Avatar One of the sports which features alongside DanceSport on the programme of The World Games has been voted for inclusion in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics by the 121st IOC Session.

Rugby sevens, a variation of the traditional game involving only seven players, was approved with 81 votes in favour and 8 votes against to be included in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. Golf was also approved, but with a decidedly narrower margin of 63 to 26. In the debate lading up to the vote, some IOC members labelled golf as too elitist for the Olympic Movement.

It is worth noting that rugby sevens features already on the programme of several multi-sport games: The World Games, the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, etc.

In July, International Rugby Board (IRB) President Bernard Lapasset commented on the sport's participation in The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung: “The sevens tournament at the World Games has always proven successful and this year we are particularly excited that the competition is being held in Asia.

"Rugby is reaching out there to new young audiences in a rapidly developing market for our sport. We are looking forward to what promises to be an exciting tournament,” added the IRB head. Read more about sevens at The World Games 2009, click here!

DanceSport is well advised to keep its Olympic ambitions alive and to focus on taking part in as many multi-sport games as possible in the years to come. It worked for rugby!

Read more about the two sports added to the Olympic Programme, go to the website of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), click here!