Global Association of International Sports Federations(GAISF) is the umbrella organisation for all (Olympic and non-Olympic) international sports federations with 95 full members and 20 associate members governing specific sports worldwide.

Pole dance has once again been granted Observer Status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). But what does this mean? And why?

Recently the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) announced that it had been awarded GAISF Observer Status for a further 2 years along with hopefuls such as dodgeball, kettle bell lifting and padel. Already recognised as a legitimate sport, GAISF Observer Status will essentially set pole dance on a path towards the Olympics.

This status was initially granted in 2017 and has now been renewed until 2022.

“Globally, over the past few years we’ve seen pole dance rise above just being trendy to a point where the benefits of the sport for fitness training are highly recognised. The power and agility needed to perform on a pole is no different to any other recognised athlete in their chosen sport. By having to control body movements, spins, turns and pivots; pole is one of the best ways to develop strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and stamina. It requires great physical and mental exertion”, says Kathy Lee, Owner of The Pole Project studio in Cape Town.