After being recognized for the first time by an international sporting body, Pole dancing and Poker could become Olympic sports events in future. Both the activities have been given “observer status”.
According to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) getting ‘observer status’ means the activities are now provisionally regarded as sports. Katie Coates, the British competitor and president of the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) has taken charge of the campaign to see the activity officially accepted as a sport.
As per Daily Telegraph, Ms Coates said, “I feel like we have achieved the impossible, everyone told us that we would not be able to get pole dancing recognized as a sport.” Pole dancing is a popular activity, and various competitions are held all over the world. Moreover, the International Federation of (Match) Poker has also been given the observer status.
The new sports debuting at Tokyo 2020 and at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics are the proofs that there are chances of these two activities becoming a part of Olympic programme. The World Armwrestling Federation, World Dodgeball Association and the International Table Soccer Federation are the few other sporting bodies which have been granted observer status.