CHEERLEADING: ON TRACK AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT!
Today the International Olympic Committee announced that it has granted Full Recognition Status to the sport of Cheerleading: this means that Cheerleading is now eligible for inclusion in the Olympic games. Cheerleading could feature as an event as early as 2024!
The voting, which took place at the 138th International Olympic Committee Session held today in Tokyo, Japan, awarded the International Cheer Union (the international governing body for the sport of cheerleading) the full recognition after a three-year provisional status period.
The new status means that an Olympic host nation is now able to select Cheerleading for inclusion at its games, and while this seems most likely to happen in Los Angeles 2028 (host nations tend to favour sports they’re good at, and where better to debut cheerleading than it’s birthplace in the USA?!), many new sports debut the previous games at the Junior Olympic championships – as happened with Breakdancing in Rio 2018 - now tabled for inclusion in the main games in Paris 2024.