After announcing on Monday their world championship hosts, World Para Dance announced on Thursday that they are seeking bids for the Asian and European Championships which will be hosted in 2018.
2016 saw a European and an Asian Championship take place, the first time that an Asian Championship had managed to take place. The bids are going to be open until July next year so interested cities will have plenty of time to plan their bid.
The European Championships, which is significantly more established, will be expecting 115 athletes from 20 different countries. The 2016 Euros were held in Kosice, Slovakia, so the city need not be a global city but it does need to have a suitable venue.
The Asian Championships will be hosted for just the second time, and will be significantly smaller with just 60 competitors. That event was hosted by New Taipei City with Chinese Taipei having a strong para dance community.
Seven countries are expecting to compete in the 2018 Asian Championships which continue to grow after the first season in 2016. Asia continues to grow their para dance scene, which until now has been largely based in Europe.
The manager of World Para Dance Sport, Camila Rodrigues, was excited for the future of the sport saying in a statement. “With a successful first Asian Championships in 2016 and the latest edition of the Europeans, we are in an excellent position to continue to grow the reach of the sport around the world.”
In the Asian Championships it was South Korea who was dominant, having won six titles in New Taipei City. Slovakia was the strongest nation in their hosted championships with three gold in class one alone.