The IPSF are continuing to engage with the IOC in a bid to gain Olympic inclusion ©IPSF

The International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) are “continuing to engage” with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as they continue their push recognition ahead of their upcoming World Championships in London.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on July 23 and 24, with more than 150 participants from over 30 countries expected to compete.

It will also be the last to be held in Britain before it embarks on a tour of the world.

The sport’s worldwide governing body, which unsuccessfully attempted to become a member of SportAccord earlier this year, believe the World Pole Sports Championships will help strengthen their cause for a place on the Olympic programme.

Currently, there are 25 National Federations within the IPSF and the organisation are aiming to extend that to 40 by the end of this year.

The IPSF believe the upcoming World Championships in London will help their Olympic bid ©IPSF
The IPSF believe the upcoming World Championships in London will help their Olympic bid ©IPSF

“The rise and rise of pole sports has been incredible over the last five years and how far it has come will be evident at what should be an electrifying World Championships in London in July,” IPSF President Katie Coates, who is also the chair of Pole Sports UK, said.

“This is only a staging post on a longer journey, however, as we continue to build our prominence, popularity and credibility and march towards our mission of achieving SportAccord recognition and International Olympic Committee recognition, which would result in representation at the World Games and Olympic Games respectively.”

The World Championships will include competitions across a number of age categories and disciplines.

World titles are due to be won in the categories for men, women, doubles, juniors and seniors.

There will also be a performance from the Para-Pole sensation Deb Roach ahead of the full integration of the Para-Pole category in the 2017 Championships.