New world dancesport chief Tay eyes major Games

Shawn Tay became the first Singaporean to be appointed president of the World DanceSport Federation on Nov 17. He runs the Shawn and Gladys Dance Academy with his wife Gladys. The 61-year-old plans to retain the classic format of dancesport competiti
Shawn Tay became the first Singaporean to be appointed president of the World DanceSport Federation on Nov 17. He runs the Shawn and Gladys Dance Academy with his wife Gladys. The 61-year-old plans to retain the classic format of dancesport competition in a series for traditionalists, while organising a sport series that is more likely to be included at major Games.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

He remembers sitting next to a member of the International Olympic Council (IOC) at the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) Grand Slam Latin in Moscow last month, and the questions that were posed to him made his jaw drop.

Shawn Tay was appointed the first Singaporean president of the WDSF on Nov 17 in Vienna, rising through the ranks since the 1980s and serving as vice-president before given the top post.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2018, with the headline 'New world dancesport chief Tay eyes major Games'. Print Edition | Subscribe