IPC and IDSF Sign Co-operative Agreement

Bonn, Germany - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF) signed a co-operative agreement to ensure a formal institutional relationship between the two bodies and further develop the sport of Wheelchair Dance Sport. Furthermore, IPC and IDSF will work together to progress the realization of a single international governing body for Dance Sport, which encompasses Wheelchair Dance Sport. 17 Oct 2008 By IPC

The co-operative agreement outlines the strong partnership between the IPC and IDSF. Both organizations will collaborate to build closer relations between and amongst the National Dance Sport Federations and the National Paralympic Committees for the development of Wheelchair Dance Sport. Furthermore, the IPC and IDSF agree to integrate and mainstream Wheelchair Dance Sport competitions into existing and developing Dance Sport competitions.

The agreement commits both organizations to work together in supporting the growth of the sport and co-operate in the development of rules and regulations that enhance the development and excitement of Wheelchair Dance Sport.

Said IPC President Sir Philip Craven: “We look forward to working with IDSF to develop this amazing sport of Wheelchair Dance Sport. This partnership will help to promote the sport and the opportunities in this sport for athletes with a disability.”

The IPC acts as the International Federation for nine sports, one of which is Wheelchair Dance Sport. Over the past four years, this sport has developed significantly with regards to the number of countries and quality of athletes competing.

”Signing this co-operation agreement with the IPC is an important milestone in our quest to unite all forms of dance practized as sport. We are confident that the World Dance Sport Federation, the new governing body which is to evolve from IDSF in accordance with our Vision 2012, will provide all athletes with optimal pathways to fulfil their ambitions. We expect our national members to embrace Wheelchair Dance Sport in their competition structure”, said IDSF President Carlos Freitag.