Ballroom and Latin American dancing devastating problem.
Dancers have been coming to China for years to take part in wold-level competitions that are held regularly under the auspices of WDSF all around the country. Recent World Championships in Beijing, Nanjing, Chengdu come to mind. And the GrandSlam leg in Wuhan plus the GrandSlam Finals in Shanghai have become permanent fixtures in the WDSF calendar. That makes it all the more incomprehensible that - all of the sudden - some athletes applying for their visa at Embassies and Consulates of the People's Republic of China in different countries are denied visa and therefore entry into the country on inexplicable grounds ...
The members of the WDSF Communications team made their own experiences with the new (and frankly: very erratic) policies that seem to govern visa issuance since March 2016 (when they had applied last). A news item was published on it: click here!
We learned today that at least one couple was finally unable to travel: Petter Engan - Kine Mardal, who were supposed to represent Norway here in Chengdu, will not dance on Saturday. They tell their story on Facebook. A good thing that the Norwegian media take up on their story too!
This is a bad experience for the dancing especially the couple who was due to compete. The Federation of China should be helpful in enabling other countries to enter their country. This will be bad for China as if this problem persist it will discourage other couples from competing there. This should also be an eye-opener to other countries who host world championships to ensure couples can enter the country well to compete.
The article was taken from WDSF , please note the editing of the article ay have changed to fit this site.