Pole-Dancing Is Now Recognized As An Official International Sport

Pole-Dancing Is Now Recognized As An Official International Sport

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You may even see pole-dancing in the Olympics one day

Apologies to all the pearl-clutching critics out there — especially after the Halftime Show Gasps Heard Round The World — but pole-dancing has been officially recognized as a sport. The Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF) has granted the International Pole Sports Federation official “observer status,” which recognizes and legitimizes it as a sport.

The GAISF is an umbrella organization that houses all Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations, so there is actually a valid possibility that we could see pole-dancing in the Olympics someday. And why not? The amount of strength and agility one needs to successfully perform on a pole is no different than what any athlete is expected to master in their sport of choice.

“Pole Sports requires great physical and mental exertion; strength and endurance are required to lift, hold, and spin the body,” says the GAISF in a statement. “A high degree of flexibility is needed to contort, pose, demonstrate lines, and execute techniques.”

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Getting pole recognised has been something I’ve been working on daily for the last 12 years…people said it would never happen but as always I never listened…the @ipsfpolesports are closer still! Thanks to everyone that supports us 💋 without you we wouldn’t be where we are today! ・・・ 💪🏻POLE & AERIAL SPORTS HAS DONE IT AGAIN! THE IPSF HAS BEEN AWARDED GASIF (SportAccord) OBSERVER STATUS – BRING US CLOSER TO OUR OLYMPIC DREAMS – PLEASE SHARE … The International Pole Sports Federation is delighted to announce that it has been awarded GAISF (SportAccord) Observer Status for a further 2 years after the decision to introduce Observer Status for aspirant members was unanimously accepted by delegates at the GAISF General Assembly. … We need your help In order for Pole to grow we need to showcase our sport and its athletes to the greater sporting community and the International media in China in 2020. Think how Surfing, Skateboarding and Sport Climbing did it….All of them funky, exciting and alternative, all of them attractive to those wishing to reignite their passion for a healthy lifestyle. We need approximately £10,000 to take our community to the next step cementing Pole as a sport to be reckoned with. Please donate! … READ THE FULL STORY HERE OR IN OUR BIO – https://www.gofundme.com/f/get-pole-into-the-olympic-games To join us as a federation, athlete, coach, instructor or volunteer email: [email protected] … SEE YOU AT THE WORLD POLE SPORTSCHAMPIONSHIP 2020 IN THE SPORTS CAPITAL OF THE WORLD LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND – OCTOBER 2020 … #aerialhoop #polesport #polesports #breakingnews #polefit #polefitness #poledance #poledancer #poledancing #polenews #polelife #polelove #poledancersofinstagram #poledancersofig #parkour #aerialsports #ipsf #polemove #polemoves #poleart #worldpole #worldpolesports #sportsnews #upa #poleworldnews #poledancenation #pole

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The president of the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF), Katie Coates, posted the delightful news on her Instagram account yesterday. “Getting pole recognized has been something I’ve been working on daily for the last 12 years,” she captions the post. “People said it would never happen but as always I never listened…the @ipsfpolesports are closer still! Thanks to everyone that supports us, without you we wouldn’t be where we are today!”

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👯‍♀️SUPER SISTERS 👯‍♀️ SHOWCASING YOUTH POLE AT ITS BEST 🥇We has to restock after the worlds as they cleaned us out of medals between them and together! These are the kids to beat! @sawapole @kano_pole of Japan 🇯🇵 @japan_pole_sports_association and photos by @elimoraphoto __________ 📕Join the fastest growing sport on the planet and become a federation member of the IPSF. With benefits of joining the largest network of competitions in the world, national recognition, funding, becoming a national training provider and so much more email [email protected] for more info! __________ 🚀Get yourself ready for the #crackthecode challenge you can still take part as there are many moves still ready to be videoed! __________ 📺Watch POLE on our YOUTUBE channel __________ 🤸‍♂️Join us at WWW.POLESPORTS.ORG __________ 💥Follow @ipsfpolesports to help #pioneerpole 💥Tag @ipsfpolesports and hashtag #ipsf in your code of points practice 💥Super Sponsor – @sun_pole – get your poles for the Worlds! ___________ #wpsc #polesports #polesport #poledancing #poletrick #polelife #poletricks #worldpole #polecombo #poleart #polelove #doublestrick #poledoubles #poleduo #aerialhoop #polekids #polechallenge #aerialist #polecompetitioncombo #kidspole #kidsgymnastics #kidsgym #youthpole #fitkids #fitkidsrock

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Jennifer Lopez showed the world that she’s a pro on the Pole earlier this week during the Superbowl halftime show. But even J.Lo, who’s been dancing pretty much her entire life, had to learn how to do it for her role in the critically-acclaimed movie Hustlers — and it wasn’t easy.

In a news release, the IPSF says that to move beyond “observer status” they need to be able to show the world that pole-dancing is a sport. “We need your help In order for Pole to grow we need to showcase our sport and its athletes to the greater sporting community and the International media in China in 2020,” the release states. “Think how Surfing, Skateboarding and Sport Climbing did it. All of them funky, exciting and alternative, all of them attractive to those wishing to reignite their passion for a healthy lifestyle.”

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Forget that Monday feeling, call your bestie and get on your pole and fly! Repost @maddiebarin @marimartemm __________ 📕Join the fastest growing sport on the planet and become a federation member of the IPSF. With benefits of joining the largest network of competitions in the world, national recognition, funding, becoming a national training provider and so much more email [email protected] for more info! __________ 🚀Get yourself ready for the #crackthecode challenge you can still take part as there are many moves still ready to be videoed! __________ 📺Watch POLE on our YOUTUBE channel __________ 🤸‍♂️Join us at WWW.POLESPORTS.ORG __________ 💥Follow @ipsfpolesports to help #pioneerpole 💥Tag @ipsfpolesports and hashtag #ipsf in your code of points practice 💥Super Sponsor – @sun_pole – get your poles for the Worlds! ___________ #wpsc #polesports #polesport #polefit #polefitness #poledance #polemoves #poledancer #polemove #poledancing #poletrick #polelife #poletricks #worldpole #aerialchampionships #poledancersofig #poledancersofinstagram #polecombo #poleart #polelove #doublestrick #poledoubles #poleduo #doublepole #polekids #polechallenge #polecompetitioncombo

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The IPSF, which is based in the UK, says they need approximately £10,000 to “take our community to the next step in cementing Pole as a sport to be reckoned with.”

You can donate directly to the sport’s GoFund Me to meet the March 1st deadline.