Vertical Dance, a British pole-dancing company, is petitioning the International Olympic Committee to get their sport recognized as a test event for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

According to the petition, which has so far garnered about 6,000 signatures, "Over 50 countries worldwide take part in [pole dancing] lessons, workshops, conventions, expose, competitions and teacher training."

The petition also argues that "[Pole dancing] is an international sport that both men, women and those that are on a low income can take part in, unlike sports such as horse riding, sailing and snow based sports."

It goes on to compare the athleticism pole dancing requires to that of gymnastics and figure skating, and points out that BMX racing has been made a test sport, so why not pole dancing?

Does this sound like a ridiculous publicity stunt? Or could there actually be a place in the Olympics for pole dancing? For a frame of reference, check out this video from a pole dancing competition.

[Deadspin]