For many years Cheerleading organisations around the globe have been fighting for Cheerleading to be officially recognised as a competitive sport. All of our athletes recognise that being a cheerleader takes an incredible amount of skill, practice, passion and commitment, all of these skills encompass the true meaning of what a sport requires of an athlete.
With such strong appeal, this week Cheerleading received provisional recognition as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Cheerleading is to receive $25,000 (£19,700) in annual funding from the IOC. This major step for Cheerleading means at the end of a three-year provisional recognition period, they apply to become part of the Olympic Games sports program.
The International Cheer Union (ICU) has more than 100 national federations and nearly 4.5 million registered athletes.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that cheerleaders will be going to the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea or even the 2020 Games in Tokyo. The IOC’s recognition means that Cheerleading’s governing body, the ICU, will receive at least $25,000 (£19,700) every year and have the opportunity to apply for additional grants. This period of recognition lasts for three years and at any point during this time the IOC can vote to fully recognise the sport. If this happens the ICU can petition the IOC to be included in the Games. If the petition is approved, Cheerleading officially becomes an Olympic sport!
— Unity Allstars (@UnityAllstars) May 5, 2016
The introduction of competitive Cheerleading brings the number of recognised Olympic sports to 37.
This is only the first, but a massive step to get official recognition of Cheerleading athletes of all levels.
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