Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

On the Dance Floor in 2004?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

On the Dance Floor in 2004?

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SO HOW long will it be before somebody fox-trots all the way to a gold medal?

They won't be waltzing in Atlanta in 1996 or doing the samba in Sydney, Australia, in 2000. Both of those cities established the sports included on their programs when they applied to be hosts of the Olympic Games, long before competition ballroom dancing won provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee last month. No events can be added now, not even in Sydney.

Allowing changes wouldn't be fair to the host city, says Ruth Beck-Perrenoud of the IOC. "It takes such a long time to prepare for the competition."

Even a special medal event is out of the question. Tennis was introduced as a demonstration sport in 1984 and became as a regular part of the Summer Games in 1988. But "there's no such thing as a demonstration sport," says Beck-Perrenoud, not anymore. The idea of demonstration sports was to practice presenting the event, she says. "But it was too much of a burden for the host cities. …

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