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WDSF president resigns amid administrative reshuffle

Lukas Hinder has tendered his resignation as president of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), stating the decision has been made in an effort to further the organisation’s position in the sports market as it prepares to be showcased at the forthcoming summer Youth Olympic Games.

Hinder (right of picture) took up the presidency in January 2016, following the decision by Carlos Freitag to step down as head of the global governing body. Freitag had been serving in his third term as president of the organisation, but announced that he would not complete his tenure, citing health issues as the reason behind his decision.

Hinder has now said he will resign from office following a transitionary period of five months. His successor will be first vice-president Shawn Tay, who was appointed chief executive by the WDSF Presidium in a meeting earlier this week.

The general meeting unanimously agreed to the motion presented by the Presidium to make Hinder honorary life president after the official handover of the presidency, which has been scheduled for November 17 during the WDSF World Championship Standard in Vienna, Austria.

Hinder said: “I decided to take this step to bring all parties closer together in how they interpret dance as sport. I am very pleased to advise that the Presidium has reconfirmed that WDSF’s participation in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games is supported unreservedly and that the WDSF Presidium will approve of my future candidacy for any office in the International World Games Association (IWGA).

“I am fully supporting the transition process that has been established between all of us. As per the wish of our next president, Shawn Tay, I will assist the Presidium and in particular my successor in their relation with other organisations in international sports as best as I can and as long as I can.”

Under the WDSF statutes, the federation’s next quadrennial presidential elections are scheduled for 2021, but Tay (left of picture) has made a commitment to stand for election at the 2019 annual general meeting to ask members to confirm his mandate to 2021.

The break dancing discipline of dance sport will be part of the programme for Buenos Aires 2018, which takes place from October 6-18.