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WDSF Press releases

Issue 2014/02: WDSF and IEC Partner Up

:::: WDSF and IEC Partner Up :::: Issue 11/06/2014

2013 GrandSlam Hong Kong The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) has appointed IEC in Sports, the Stockholm based international sports agency, to exclusively distribute the international media rights for the WDSF GrandSlam S*****.
The elite six-leg GrandSlam S***** in the two dance styles Latin and Standard attracts hundreds of top couples from over sixty nations to compete in five locations throughout the world. They each take their shot at gaining maximum ranking points, winning record purses and securing a place in the GrandSlam Finals in Shanghai, CHN, held in mid December.
‘We believe the GrandSlam S***** complements the World and Continental Championships for broadcasters seeking year round coverage of this exciting sport’’ said Carlos Freitag, President of the World DanceSport Federation.  
IEC in Sports also distributes the WDSF World and Continental Championships since 2008, with broadcast on major networks in recent years, including CCTV-5 China, Cable TV Hong Kong, Paris Premiere, J-Sports Japan and SVT Sweden amongst others.
‘’DanceSport is enjoying an immense surge in popularity and makes for a great television product,’’ said Daniel Franck, CEO of IEC in Sports. “The opportunity for the Lagardère Digital Media Centre in Stockholm to produce many of the highlight shows for WDSF is an important part of the cooperation and brings us closer to the sport.’’ added Franck.  
About WDSF

WDSF is a non-governmental international organisation constituted under Swiss law. It has its siège social in Lucerne, Switzerland, and its administrative offices in Sant Cugat, Barcelona, Spain.

Founded in 1957, the world governing body for DanceSport is currently made up of 90 national member bodies and 3 associate members. Its mission is to regulate and develop DanceSport for the benefit of millions of athletes at every level and around the world.

WDSF unites all forms and styles of dance practiced as sport under one umbrella; it serves as the single delivery system for all sporting activities that involve dance.

About IEC in Sports

IEC in Sports is a Stockholm-headquartered international sports television agency.  Founded in 1994, the core competence of IEC in Sports’ (IEC) business is the distribution of broadcast rights of events in Olympic sporting disciplines and football. The Company represents clients on all continents and distributes broadcast rights worldwide to television stations and media companies.
IEC also customizes sports television productions. This includes live production and host broadcasting, transmission services, state-of-the-art editing and voice-over capabilities.  Our 25-strong media sales team is based in offices located in Stockholm, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Dubai and Sydney.  Since August 2007, IEC in Sports has been wholly owned by Lagardère Unlimited.

WDSF GrandSlam S***** 2014

Estonian GrandSlam Standard


22 February

Estonian GrandSlam Latin


23 February  

Hong Kong GrandSlam Latin

Hong Kong                       

31 May

Hong Kong GrandSlam Standard

Hong Kong               

1 June

German GrandSlam Latin              


14 August

German GrandSlam Standard


15 August

China GrandSlam Latin         


13 September

China GrandSlam Standard          


14 September

Russian GrandSlam Latin              


24 October

Russian GrandSlam Standard     


25 October

GrandSlam Latin Finals                 


13 December

GrandSlam Standard Finals          


14 December

WDSF and IEC Partner Up | Press Release 11/06/214

Issue 2014/01: European Commission Meeting

:::: European Commission Meeting :::: Issue 26/05/2014

European Commission Meeting

The WDSF European Commission composed of Antero Koponen (Finland), Chair, Franz Allert (Germany), Eva Bartunkova (Czech Republic), Flemming Riis (Denmark) and Sergio Rotaris (Italy) had a meeting with WDSF President Carlos Freitag on 23 May 2014 in Munich (Germany).

The Meeting discussed thoroughly the Presidium’s Motion to the 2014 Annual General Meeting about the Continental Associations. The European Commission unanimously supports the Presidium’s Motion and asks the support of the European WDSF Members. Furthermore, the Commission asks the Presidium to speak with the WDSF Members of the other continents to support the motion.

The European Commission reminds all European Members of the Open European Forum on Friday 13 June 2014 at the WDSF Annual General Meeting in Bucharest (Romania) where this matter will be discussed.

When the motion has passed in the AGM, the European Commission invites all the European delegates to a meeting to fix the road map to establish the WDSF European Continental Association, with a goal to have the founding meeting on 16 August, 2014 in Stuttgart (Germany). There will be a separate invitation to the European WDSF Members for the founding meeting.

WDSF Press Release Issue 2014_01

Issue 2013/10: WDSG 2013 | Facts - Figures

:::: Facts - Figures :::: Issue 26/09/2013

WDSG 2013 | Facts - Figures

That the World DanceSport Games 2013 would establish new benchmarks in all areas that are quantifiable ... Of course, we are talking about their first edition! That they would generate heaps of goodwill among all those who were actively involved ... By definition! After all, they were designed to put the athletes centre stage, for spectators to take in visual feasts over five consecutive days, and for volunteers to get up close with the best dancers from around the world, ... But in the final mix of things, the WDSG 2013 did much more than just break records.

732 athletes represented 49 countries in the contests staged to determine the champions in 14 disciplines falling under the the diverse but unified brand 'DanceSport' ... 96 judges evaluated the performances on the floor of the K-Afrena. 128 coaches and other officials looked after the participating athletes. And 800 volunteers catered to their every whim, treating them like royalty ... More?

600 rooms at four different hotels were used to accommodate the WDSG 2013 participants. 5,000 meals were dispensed over the five days. More?

Ten buses were used to transport the participants between the venue and their hotels with a non-stop shuttle service. More?

The Kaohsiung City Government assigned a staff of 900 to the organisation and the delivery of the WDSG 2013. 264 people were accredited as media personnel.

In the final analysis however, it is statements like the one below that made the inaugural edition of the WDSG 2013 a memorable one.

I just about recovered from an amazing experience at the World DanceSport Games. I have to say what made the event the best I have ever been to was the volunteers and how welcoming and caring they were. I have never met nicer people ... 

Laura Carvill

Contact the WDSF Communications team for rights-free high-resolution photography and for broadcast quality HD video footage of the WDSF World DanceSport Games 2013.

TEL: +34 609 88 30 30

kaohsiung, TPE - 18 September © Roland





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