If the International Pole Sports Federation has its way, pole dancing will be an Olympic sport by 2016.
But even some of the sport’s top competitors doubt that will happen.
“My stance has always been that while I support the pole community’s efforts to get pole into the Olympics, I don’t think the general public is ready for the sport yet on such a mainstream/public scale,” said U.S. National Pole Dancing Champion Natasha Wang.
Wang spoke to the Huffington Post in between teaching pole dancing classes on the island of St. Martin.
Pole dancing has long been associated with strip clubs, not athletic clubs, but a growing number of people have discovered it’s a strenuous, sexy way to keep in shape.
The past decade has seen a growth of competitions where women — and men — perform routines for prizes, not tips.
On July 19 and 20, the IPSF even took their case to London with the World Pole Sport Championship where women and men competed for medals in both the singles and doubles pole dancing categories.
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