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Argentine tango dancers perform during the Tango World Championship. AFP
A 99-year-old Irishman competing at the World Tango Championships in Argentina has received an ovation for his performance from aficionados at the Buenos Aires venue.
"Tango brings me a lot of happiness," James McManus told local newspapers through an interpreter. "Dancing is very important socially."
Tango fans in McManus' native Ireland raised money for his transatlantic trip. The fit nonagenerian said he only took up tango in 2002, when he was already in his 80s.
Dressed in a white jacket, black trousers and tie, he danced in the first qualifying round with an Argentine partner, Lucia Seva.
The couple won the biggest round of applause from the knowledgeable audience at the Argentine capital's Usina del Arte venue.
The 2019 edition of the world championships features 744 couples from 36 countries.
Tango classes, shows, and milongas - traditional tango gatherings - have been suspended in capital Buenos Aires for at least 15 days as the dance community follows the government's lead in banning public events.
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