A resounding majority voted to disapprove of imposing restrictions on where athletes are allowed to compete outside of WDSF sanctioned events.
What this means for WBTF baton twirling athletes is freedom to enter in competitions of their choice on a National, Regional or Continental level.
We sincerely hope this ruling allows the WBTF to open its doors to productive talks with other twirling federations in an all-out effort towards bringing athletes, coaches, adjudicators and officials from around the world into one big world-wide federation. Ultimately, that is the goal of Olympic Sport.
Because baton twirling is a discipline of the WDSF as a recognized sport by the International Olympic Committee, athletes are still restricted from entering another international federation’s World Championship.
This does not preclude the requirement of WBTF athletes who compete in the WDSF sanctioned disciplines of Freestyle, Freestyle Pairs, and Freestyle Team Formations to adhere to WDSF Athletes’ Code of Conduct and World Anti-Doping policies. WORLD ARTISTIC GAMES 2014 The first World Artistic Games, originally set for November of 2012 have now been postponed to a tentative date of March 2014. Further information will be provided when available. WORLD DANCESPORT GAMES 2013 The first World Dance Sport Games are now tentatively planned for September 2013 near Shanghai, China. More detailed information will be provided in the coming months, as plans and preparations progress.
WORLD BATON TWIRLING CHAMPIONSHIPS – August 2-5, 2012 Villebon sur Yvette, France Approximately 250 athletes from around the World will compete in Freestyle, Freestyle Pairs, and Freestyle Team Formations representing Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Catalonia, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
Sandi Wiemers, President WORLD BATON TWIRLING FEDERATION