Pole’s authorities argue that it is not only a sport, but that it is a sport appropriate for all ages and audiences. The IPSF runs competitions for ages from 10 to 65.
But does a broad, global public agree? Olympic authorities may decide it would be more controversial than it is worth.
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The GAISF recognition lends weight to IPSF’s application for membership of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – while pole dancing’s equivalent body in the UK, the British Federation for Pole Dancing, can now apply for national sports recognition through the Department for Digital, Culture and Sport.
And a bit of perspective can be gained by looking at what other bodies were given observer status by GAISF – among them the World Armwrestling Federation, the World Dodgeball Association, the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting and the International Table Soccer Federation.
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How Bayless could miss the reaction of Hayward’s fellow players was rather mystifying. Dwyane Wade took a knee and put a hand to his face. Cavs players turned away and Celtics players huddled, with rookie Jayson Tatum putting his arms around Kyrie Irving.