Hosts wanted for Para dance sport Euros, Asian Champs

The Championships, scheduled for 2018, will attract some of the world’s best dancers. 15 Dec 2016
2016 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport European Championships was held in Kosice, Slovakia.
The 2016 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport European Championships was held in Kosice, Slovakia.
ⒸRoman Benicky

World Para Dance Sport has launched a call for hosts for its 2018 Asian and European Championships.

Following the success of the 2016 Euros in Kosice, Slovakia, and the first Asian Championships in New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, potential organisers are being asked to submit their expressions of interest by 15 July 2017.

Around 115 athletes from 20 countries are expected for the 2018 European Championships and around 60 dancers from seven countries for the Asian Championships.

More information, including the expressions of interest form, can be found at the World Para Dance Sport website.

Camila Rodrigues, World Para Dance Sport Manager, said: “We are inviting potential organisers to be part of an exciting time in Para dance sport.

“With a successful first Asian Championships in 2016 and the latest edition of the Europeans, we are in an excellent position to continue to grow the reach of the sport around the world.

“We want organisers with lots of energy and creativity to reflect the incredible performances of the dancers and provide the perfect stage on which they can win coveted titles.”

The 2016 European Championships featured stand-out performances from Slovakia’s Helena Kasicka and Peter Vidasic, who danced to three gold medals in class 1 events. One hundred athletes from 14 nations competed.

The Asian Championships welcomed 50 athletes from five countries and were highlighted by South Korea, whose dancers claimed six titles.

World Para Dance Sport announced on Monday (12 December) that Malle, Belgium, will host the 2017 World Championships from 21-22 October.

Other confirmed competitions for 2017 include World Para Dance Sport World Cups in Cujik, the Netherlands from 15-16 April and Frankfurt, Germany, from 17-18 June.