Featured Official response to “Blackface” on Pole Art Worlds
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The art and sport of pole athletics has grown immensely in recent years and the need for an organized federation became clear. In response to this need, a group of passionate professional pole athletes created the Pole Sports and Arts World Federation (POSA) to ensure recognition of pole as a sport.

With sports recognition as its goal, the POSA was created to unite, regulate, organize, lead, and develop the practice and competition of pole sport and pole art around the world. As an international federation, POSA supports, represents, and defends all affiliated country federations. All affiliated competitions are standardized in athlete expectations and judging methods.


  • To acknowledge and establish the different aspects of pole, namely pole sport and pole art
  • To organize championships and/or competitions inherent in their practice
  • To establish and enforce all technical and ethical rules regarding the practice of activities that it regulates
  • To organize the training and development of pole sport professionals around the world, including coaches, judges, and athletes
  • To implement professional trainings for judges, coaches, and athletes according to the rules
  • To guide pole sport towards international recognition through the International Olympic Committee


History of POSA

  • 2016

  • Jan

    International Pole Sports & Arts Federation

    New federation was founded in Switzerland. President Davide Lacagnina.

  • March

    Code Of Points

    First edition of the COP was launched.

  • Apr

    Judges Course

    First national judge course in Italy.

  • Apr

    Swiss National Championship

    First competition applied the new COP.

  • Sep

    Nordic Pole Fitness Championship 2016

    First international competition.  Hämeenlinna, Finland.

  • Dec

    Pole Sport World Championship 2016

    Full judging panel with superior jury and the introduction of the electronic scoring system. Florecene, Italy.

  • 2017

  • Jun

    European Pole Sport Championship 2017

    First european championships. Budapest, Hungary.

  • Jul

    Pole Sports & Arts World Federation

    New name to the federation.

  • Sep

    International Head Judge Course

    Pisa, Italy.

  • Sep

    CSIT World Games

    POSA and CSIT partnership. Pole Sport to 2019 World Games.

  • Dec

    Pole Sport World Championship 2017

    December 15th-17th. Liechtenstein.

  • 2018

    • POSA, WADA and WHEA partnership. All international competitions under anti-doping control.
  • 2019

    • Pole Sport Worlds to biannual event
    • All POSA competitions under anti-doping controll (including national level and amateur categories)