Saturday, December 29, 2007

Farewell to MDSB

The time has come to leave MDSB and I have done what I can possibly do for Dancesport. Team Dancesport Malaysia has appeared in 2005 and 2007 Asian Indoor Games and the Cebu and Korat SEA Games. All is not over for Dancesport for it is relevant up till the 2014 and there are still many Olympic Family Games that will feature Dancesport. The next Asian Indoor Games will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2009 and their top couple as I write are in Brussels training.

What is the direction of Dancesport in the near future? For this I suggest you read IDSF Carlos Freitag message for 2008. For starters in the next IDSF meeting there is this proposal to form the World Dancesport Federation (WDSF). WDSF will encompass not only Latin American and Standard but will also embrace Rock & Roll and Wheel Chair Dancing and other forms that accept sporting principles and philosophy.

Further with the formation of the International Professional Dancesport Council (IPDC) to look after the Professional athletes' interest, IDSF have open the path for Professional athletes to be part of the Olympic Family and participate in the Olympic Family Games. What does it means then to all of us? Simply the distinction between Professional and amateur athletes are removed, and they will be known simply as athletes.

Finally , I must declare that I have the best support from all of you dance enthusiast who believe in fair play , fair judging and transparency.

Thank you and goodbye.