Wednesday, April 18, 2012

4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games 2013

The 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2013 will be held in Incheon, South Korea from the 29th June till 6th July 2013. The picture you see is the mascot for the the AIMAG and also the 17th Asian Games in 2014 that will be held in Seoul. The mascot are harbour seals that are found near an Island in the Korean Peninsular. Their names are Vichoun (light), Barame (Wind) and Chumuro (Light).
Dancesport will be featured in this AIMAG 2013 but not in the 17th Asian Games.
Malaysia DanceSport Federation (MYDF) is the National Sports Association (NSA) representing Dancesport in Malaysia. We are accepted because we are recognised by WDSF the International Federation representing Dancesport. This AIMAG is organised under the auspice of the Olympic Council of Asia ( OCA). 2009/2010 was the turbulent years for MYDF. We started of as Malaysian Professional Dancesport Council (MPDC), our role is limited to professionals event only. We were than asked by IDSF (as it was called then) to handle the amateur. The reason being, Dancesport being in the Olympic Family Games and the World Games; are not concern over the status of amateur or professional. We made an application to change the name of our body to truly reflect our status. It caused such a ruckus that we were not allowed to change our name by the Sports Commissioner office and they wanted proof that the International Federation ( IF) had in fact combined the amateur and professional together. This happened in Vienna in 2009 and like they say the rest is history.
Since then we were only provisional member of WDSF and we have remained so for the last 3 years. We are happy to announce that this year we are admitted as a full member of WDSF and also ADSF.
As the NSA for Dancesport we applied to join OCM in 2009, unfortunately our application was turned down for various reasons which is not important. Now that MYDF is registered with the Sports Commissioner's office and a full member of WDSF and ADSF. We will attempt to register our body as an Associate member of OCM. We do hope this time our application will be considered and hopefully we can send a full team for the AIMAG 2013 based on our selection.
We are also happy to announce that under MYDF there are 7 State body registered with the Sports Commissioners office. They are from Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, Sarawak, Melaka, Johore and Pahang. Pending registration now are Negri Sembilan, Perak, Pulau Pinang and Kedah. There are no applications from Kelantan and Trengganu.
For the year 2012/2013 MYDF will be holding 5 National Championships. A challenge trophy will be presented to the overall winner. Speaking of Challenge trophy it is regrettable and shameful that in the previous Championship a couple after coming out 1st in a competition claims the trophy for themselves and refused to return the same. It is such unsportsmanship behaviour that MYDF deplores and we are confident that such incident will not happen again.