If you thought the Rio Olympics were a bit dull then you may be excited to hear that a new sport could be about to spice up the 2020 Tokyo games.
The International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) has applied to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) demanding that pole dancing be recognised as a real sport.
Pole dancers have explained that attitudes to the sport are changing and they maintain that it takes real skill to pole dance properly, The Guardian reports.
IPSF President KT Coates said:
You’re using muscles of your entire body – you get very strong. You can tell it’s becoming a sport by the physiques of the athletes.
When we started, it used to be quite slim girls. Now most of the athletes are incredibly muscular. You have to have every element to win – flexibility, strength, choreography.
Meanwhile another IPSF spokesperson added that while their application may take years the fact they’ve done it will raise standards in the sport.
Despite pole dancing being associated with strip clubs Coates maintains that her athletes will maintain rigorous standards and they plan on barring skimpy costumes, gyrating and other ‘overly sexy moves’.