The Olympics have a long list of abandoned events that sound like they could never belong next to staples such as track and field and synchronized swimming.

That has given a lot of leagues and federations of more obscure sports or activities the inspiration to lobby for a spot in the next Olympiad. The International Pole Sports Federation is no exception, according to the Huffington Post.

The leading global authority on pole dancing has turned what was once just a skill passed on by strippers to seduce men from their money into a fitness movement. It is now an aerobic and strength-training exercise practiced by women (and even men) around the world.

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