Cheerleading is now an Olympic Sport.
Earlier this month the International Olympic Committee declared that cheerleading along with the martial art of Muay Thai would receive provisional recognition as Olympic sports.
The two disciplines will now be able to tap into IOC funding and take part in a number of programs including athlete development and anti-doping.
At the end of their three-year provisional recognition period they can apply to become a part of the Olympic Games sports program.
Jeff Webb, Founder of Varsity Spirit, Cheerleading Organizer, says”One of the problems for the Olympic Games is there are just so many sports and that could change but when somebody goes in, somebody has to go out and of course we’re not interested in creating any enemies. There’s so many sports being formed now that it’s tough, it’s a crowded space and you have to make your case.”
While becoming a part of the Olympic Games is a seven-year progress, the IOC has changed the rules to allow host cities to introduce sports of their choice for a one-off appearance in the games.
Tokyo hosts of the 2020 Games will have surfing, sport climbing and karate among the six new sports they have included in their Olympics.