As an exercise, pole dancing has gone relatively legit. No longer just sloppy stripper gyrations in seedy gentlemen's clubs, it's now an accepted form of feminine artistry - like belly dancing and synchronised swimming. It's taught and learnt by housewives, businesswomen and respectable gals, no doubt to the delight of their male partners. Now, it is moving one step closer to an actual sport. The city's first international pole-dancing competition will run this week and next week. Hosted by Pole Divas Hong Kong, the contest will take place at Club M1NT, with a preliminary round this Saturday and the finals on April 22. What's more, the competition is open to women and men! If you've been attending classes and want to demonstrate your sexy athleticism and acrobatic straddling of a stainless steel pole, here's your chance. Candidates will have no more than five minutes for a routine, which must include at least one inversion - translation: you have to be upside down - and, needless to say, you must also be clothed at all times. This is not the Bada Bing! Contestants must also be aged at least 18. For details and application forms, go to www.poledivas-hk.com or call Pole Divas' studio, 25415157 or 9189 9112. Care to guess when this burlesque sport will become a full-fledged Olympic event?