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IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport is calling for potential organisers to come forward to host the most prestigious competition on the calendar - the 2015 World Championships.
Following the recent success of the 2014 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport European Championships in Lomianki, POL, in November, the sport is asking for expressions of interest by 10 March.
The 2013 World Championships were held in Tokyo, JPN, and attracted over 160 athletes from 20 countries. That competition led to the addition of the very first Asian Pacific Cup in Beijing, CHN, in 2014, and another competition in Astana, KAZ.
Xavier Gonzalez, IPC CEO, believes that potential organisers have an opportunity to raise the profile of their cities and venues and be part of the growth of Wheelchair DanceSport.
"Lomianki 2014 attracted great interest from the public, including the attendance of one of the biggest news agencies in the world, national TV coverage and the Patronage of the First Lady of Poland.
"The potential for cities and countries to be part of this legacy and enter the history books of wheelchair dance by organising the biggest competition on the calendar is huge."
In addition to Latin and Standard dances, in 2015 the competition programme will include singles and freestyle, which made successful international debuts at Lomianki 2014.
Organisers have until 10 March to submit their expressions of interest to host the 2015 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships.
Interested parties can find the expressions of interest form at http://www.paralympic.org/wheelchair-dance-sport/downloads
Birmingham, Alabama, USA, will host The World Games 2021, it was announced today.
The city was chosen over Lima, PER, and Ufa, RUS, by the International World Games Association (IWGA) Executive Board following final presentations at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, SUI.
WDSF First Vice President Lukas Hinder is a member of the IWGA executive. He commented on the selection immediately following the announcement. "We had three excellent bids presented to us," Hinder said. "And we were able to identify the very best thanks to the thorough and transparent bid evaluation process that the IWGA has in place."
It will be the first time since the inaugural World Games in 1981 that the USA hosts the event. Santa Clara, California, was the Host City then.
The WDSF Presidium held its first meeting of the year over the past weekend in Barcelona.
All Associate Members and the International Paralaympic Committee Wheelchair DanceSport were present and reported on their activities during the past year.
The outcome of the 2020 Vision working group meeting that preceded the one of the Presidium was discussed at great length. WDSF adviser Jean-Laurent Bourquin informed about the impact of the adoption of the 2020 Agenda by the Extraordinary IOC Session in Monaco in December 2015.
Another item of great importance addressed by the Presidium was the new WDSF Code of Ethics. Its implementation will require changes to the WDSF Statutes and to the Code of the Disiciplinary Council. An Ethics Commission will also need to be installed. All of this will be presented as a Motion to the 2015 General Meeting this June.
In the near future WDSF Communications will inform about the Code of Ethics and some of the other items discussed in Barcelona through this website. Stay tuned!
Please cast your vote for Nino Langella & Khrystyna Moshenska, DanceSport's nominees to become IWGA Athletes of the Year 2014! Help them win their last title together! Click here!
On Thursday 22 January, the International World Games Association (IWGA) will announce the name of the Host City for The World Games 2021. Birmingham (USA), Lima (PER) and Ufa (RUS) have presented their bids to host the 11th edition of the multi-sport event in 2021.
IWGA President José Perurena will present the result of the Executive Committee’s vote at a press conference in the Mövenpick Hotel in Lausanne on Thursday 22 January, 11:15am. This announcement is subject to successful negotiation of contractual conditions, and subsequent confirmation by the IWGA‘s AGM in April 2015.
The IWGA Bid Evaluation Commission was headed by Vice President Max Bishop. The decision on the host city for 2021 will be taken by the IWGA Executive board after the final presentations of Birmingham, Lima and Ufa on the 21 January at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne.
The announcement can be followed live on The World Games Channel tomorrow: channel.theworldgames.org
Speaking of The World Games: cast your vote today for Nino Langella & Khrystyna Moshenska, DanceSport's nominees to become IWGA Athletes of the Year 2014! Help them win their last title together!
The social media editor of the International World Games Association (IWGA) brought it to the point by headlining:
Cast your vote today for Nino Langella & Khrystyna Moshenska, our Italian nominees to become Athletes of the Year 2014! Help them win their last title together!
No doubt, many of you have already done so since we first launched our #voteninoandkhrys campaign on 6 January, the first day of the elections. But voting once is not enough. You will have to keep at it, day after day, going to the IWGA website and clicking on vote in the box of Nino and Khrys.
A one-vote-per-day is enforced! But this one vote per day of yours will be required if Nino and Khrys are to stand a chance against competition that is very well organised.
So #voteninoandkhrys and pass it on!