World Cup returns to Kosice as final test for Euros

World champion Kasicka to lead hosts Slovakia's challenge as 15 nations to fight for medals during two days of competition 09 Sep 2022
A female wheelchair dancer with a red dress during a competition
Slovakia's Helena Kasicka would be among the favourites after her triple glory at Bonn 2019 World Championships.
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By Victor Pereira | For World Para Dance Sport

Para dance sport returned to Kosice for the first time in four years as the Slovakian city is all to set to host the third and most important event of the 2022 season over the weekend (10-11 September).

The Kosice 2022 World Cup will host 70 athletes from 15 countries competing in single, combi, and duo events.

For 11 nations from Europe, the event also marks as the test event ahead of the European Championships that will take place in Prague, Czech Republic from 28 to 30 October 2022. 

Among these countries, hosts Slovakia will be represented by eight dancers including Helena Kasicka, a triple gold medallist in the last World Championships. Kasicka will be competing in the same events she bagged gold in Bonn 2019 – combi Latin, combi freestyle, and single freestyle – in addition to single conventional and combi standard.

The other nations who will be making their final adjustments for the Euros in Kosice 2022 are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Slovenia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine.  

Non-European stars

Four nations from outside Europe will also be vying for the top honours at Kosice 2022. 

Mexico, represented by seven athletes, will look up to 19-year-old Diego Armando Garcia who will be aiming for medals in the single conventional and single freestyle events and, combi freestyle and combi Latin events alongside his partner Teresa Esmeralda.

Another young athlete representing Mexico will be 21-year-old Haydee Guerrero, who has a silver medal in the junior single 1&2 event at Bonn 2019. Guerrero will be competing in seven events in Slovakia.

Brazil, Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan are the other countries from outside Europe with representatives in this year’s World Cup. 

Kosice first hosted the competition in 2018 after successfully staging the European Championships in 2016.

More information and results of Kosice 2022 can be found on the World Para Dance Sport social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.