Pole Dancing, Poker, and Dodgerball Could Be Added To Olympics, Because They’ve Been Officially Declared “Sports” (Videos)

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Thanks to a recent decision by the Global Association of International Sports Federations, some incredibly unlikely activities may one day be bona fide Olympic sports.

The GAISF has granted “observer status” to the international federations of pole dancing, poker, and dodgeball, just to name a few. That means all three are now officially recognized as “sports.” Which means, theoretically, they could one day be part of the Olympic program.

Though there will be plenty of debate as to how on earth poker can be considered a sport, the one most likely to raise eyebrows is pole dancing. However, the kind of pole dancing we’re talking about here is not the same kind you might expect to see at your local gentleman’s club.

Pole dancing—usually called pole dance or pole sports so as not to be confused with the more erotic variant—has actually become pretty big in the fitness world over the last decade. It may have started as a bachelorette party fad, but it went mainstream when people realized it gives your core a pretty incredible workout.

Since 2012 the International Pole Sports Federation has held the World Pole Sports Championships, which has categories like “ultra pole” and “artistic pole” for men and women.

“I feel like we have achieved the impossible,” British pole sports competitor and IPSF president Katie Coates told the Daily Mail after the GAISF decision was announced. “Everyone told us that we would not be able to get pole dancing recognized as a sport.

The GAISF issued a statement welcoming the new sports to the international arena.

“This is an exciting time for them and for us,” said GAISF president Patrick Baumann. “We will do everything within our remit to help them realize their full potential as International Federations within the global sport’s family and, one day, maybe become part of the Olympic program.”

I don’t know about poker or dodgeball, but something tells me pole dancing would be a pretty big hit with television advertisers.

Hat Tip – [Independent]

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