Para-dance sport is set to come under the governance of the World DanceSport Federation ©Getty Images

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) have started discussions on the transfer of governance of Para-dance sport.

Para-dance sport has been governed by the IPC since 1998 and is one of nine international Para-sports currently under the supervision of the IPC under the World Para Sports banner.

Both parties agreed a process to transfer the sport over to the WDSF, with an aim to complete the transfer of governance by early 2022.

The WDSF Board has unanimously supported the inclusion of Para-dance sport, but negotiations are still ongoing.

A final approval is subject to a vote by the WDSF membership of any agreement at its Annual General Meeting or at an Extraordinary General Meeting.

IPC President Andrew Parsons believes the switch to the WDSF will be the
IPC President Andrew Parsons believes the switch to the WDSF will be the "ideal home" for the sport ©Getty Images

"We look forward to welcoming the WDSF into the Paralympic Movement, as we believe the WDSF to be the ideal home for Para-dance sport to grow and to thrive," said IPC President Andrew Parsons.

"At the last IPC General Assembly in 2019, the IPC published governance review proposals that included a managed exit process for World Para Sports.

"Our work together with the WDSF marks an important step in the process, which has received strong support from our membership."

At the 2019 World Championships in Bonn in Germany, 225 athletes from 26 countries competed in 21 medal events.

"The vision of the WDSF is to make dance sport even more global, more ageless, more accessible, more inclusive and more relevant to all," said WDSF President Shawn Tay.

"We want to further develop Para-dance sport to reach its fullest potential, and we look forward to welcoming the Para-dance sport community to our federation, subject to the approval of our Annual General Meeting."

The next World Championships are set to take place later this year in Ulsan in South Korea from November 26 to 28.