Pole dancing an Olympic sport? You might think it’s a crazy notion but work is reportedly underway to make it a reality.
The International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) has reportedly submitted an application to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in a bid to get it added to the Olympics roster.
In the past the games have featured everything from roller hockey to tug-of-war and rope climbing (none featured in 2016, FYI), so could pole dancing be the next obscure ‘sport’ to get a look in?
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“This is a long process and may take years to achieve recognition, but by applying we have already raised the standards of our sport and look forward to continuing to evolve in line with the with international sporting guidelines,” an IPSF spokesman is quoted by The Mirror as saying.
It might seem like a pipe dream (or should that be pole dream?) but the IPSF were recently confirmed as a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, meaning that it’s being recognised from a sporting perspective.
IPSF President KT Coates explained that pole dancing requires the kind of physical excursion you’d expect from a sports star.
“You’re using muscles of your entire body – you get very strong. You can tell it’s becoming a sport by the physiques of the athletes,” Coates said
“When we started, it used to be quite slim girls. Now most of the athletes are incredibly muscular. You have to have every element to win – flexibility, strength, choreography.”
2020 might be too soon for pole dancing in the Olympics, but eyes will be keenly peeled to see what he post-Tokyo games has in store.