DSE supports IOC statement

4th March 2022

Dear Friends,

DanceSport Europe (DSE) stands in full solidarity with our Ukrainian athletes, officials, and their families. DSE has announced that it fully supports the latest statement of International Olympic Committee (IOC) which was published recently. The full statement from IOC you can find below.

Give PEACE a chance,

DanceSport Europe President

Robert Wota

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) discussed again today the dilemma the Olympic Movement is currently facing after the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government and the government of Belarus through its support in this.

The Olympic Movement is united in its mission to contribute to peace through sport and to unite the world in peaceful competition beyond all political disputes. The Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, World Championships and World Cups and many other sports events unite athletes of countries which are in confrontation and sometimes even war.

At the same time, the Olympic Movement is united in its sense of fairness not to punish athletes for the decisions of their government if they are not actively participating in them. We are committed to fair competitions for everybody without any discrimination.

The current war in Ukraine, however, puts the Olympic Movement in a dilemma. While athletes from Russia and Belarus would be able to continue to participate in sports events, many athletes from Ukraine are prevented from doing so because of the attack on their country.

This is a dilemma which cannot be solved. The IOC EB has therefore today carefully considered the situation and, with a heavy heart, issued the following resolution:

  1. In order to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants, the IOC EB recommends that International Sports Federations and sports event organisers not invite or allow the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in international competitions.
  2. Wherever this is not possible on short notice for organisational or legal reasons, the IOC EB strongly urges International Sports Federations and organisers of sports events worldwide to do everything in their power to ensure that no athlete or sports official from Russia or Belarus be allowed to take part under the name of Russia or Belarus. Russian or Belarusian nationals, be it as individuals or teams, should be accepted only as neutral athletes or neutral teams. No national symbols, colours, flags or anthems should be displayed. Wherever, in very extreme circumstances, even this is not possible on short notice for organisational or legal reasons, the IOC EB leaves it to the relevant organisation to find its own way to effectively address the dilemma described above. In this context, the IOC EB considered in particular the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and reiterated its full support for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Games.
  3. The IOC EB maintains its urgent recommendation not to organise any sports event in Russia or Belarus, issued on 25 February 2022.
  4. The IOC EB has, based on the exceptional circumstances of the situation and considering the extremely grave violation of the Olympic Truce and other violations of the Olympic Charter by the Russian government in the past, taken the ad hoc decision to withdraw the Olympic Order from all persons who currently have an important function in the government of the Russian Federation or other government-related high-ranking position, including the following:
    1. Mr Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation (Gold, 2001)
    1. Mr Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (Gold, 2014)
    1. Mr Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office (Gold, 2014)
  5. The IOC EB welcomes and appreciates the many calls for peace by athletes, sports officials and members of the worldwide Olympic Community. The IOC admires and supports in particular the calls for peace by Russian athletes.
  6. The IOC EB reaffirms its full solidarity with the Ukrainian Olympic Community. They are in our hearts and thoughts. The IOC EB commits to continue and strengthen its efforts for humanitarian assistance. Therefore, the IOC EB has today established a solidarity fund. In this context, the IOC expresses its gratitude to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Sports Federations that are already supporting Ukrainian athletes and their families.

The IOC EB, assisted by the IOC Task Force, continues to closely monitor the situation. It may adapt its recommendations and measures according to future developments.

Today’s IOC statement builds on the IOC statements made on 24 February 2022 and 25 February 2022.

The IOC reaffirms the call of the IOC President: “Give peace a chance.”


2020 DSE Annual General Assembly – ONLINE FORMAT

3rd November 2020

Dear Members of WDSF Continental Association of Europe,
please, be informed, that in accordance with the decision of the DSE Managing Committee, 2020 DSE Annual General Assembly will take place in Online Format on 18.12.2020 at 10.00 AM CET.
Please, read carefully the information provided below on the Special Format of this year’s DSE Annual General Assembly in the situation caused by COVID-19.
The procedure to convene DSE Annual General Assembly has been started by DSE office earlier this year in accordance with the DSE statutes, but was not continued due to the cancellation of the WDSF Annual General Meeting in conjunction with which the DSE Annual General Assembly was supposed to be held.
DSE Managing Committee had to take time to clarify the situation and legal aspects of organization of DSE Annual General Assembly this year, which is mandatory in accordance with Art. 9 of the DSE statutes, as well as in accordance with articles 60-79 of the Swiss Civil Code, on the basis of which the DSE operates.
DSE Annual General Assembly 2020 will be held in a in accordance with the Ordinance of the Federal Council of the Swiss Government on Measures to Combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which allows this Assembly to be held online and without complying with the periods of notice as stated in DSE statutes.
Participation at the general assembly 
At this stage, we ask you to reserve the date, 18.12.2020 at 10.00 AM CET, to participate in the General Assembly.
DSE office will provide detailed technical instruction on how to register and participate in online meeting by 10th of November 2020.

Regards,DSE Managing Committee


DSE CHEGP 600 Euros Fee is REMOVED

24th August 2020

Dear Friends,
In connection with the outbreak of COVID-19 and  associated difficulties for DSE event organizers, the Managing Committee of DanceSport Europe made the following decisions in order to support the organizers of DSE Children European Grand Prix in current situation:
Starting from September 1st 2020 and until the end of 2020, the obligation to pay a fee of 600 euros is REMOVED from the organizers of DSE Children European Grand Prix.
The organizer will be only required to pay the cost of the medal package in the amount of 110 euros and possible postage for its delivery.
Hopefully it helps the organizers to run their event in those difficult times for all of us.

Best Regards,
DanceSport Europe President
Robert Wota