Get Ready, Because Cheerleading Could Officially Become An Olympic Sport
Confirmed: The International Olympic Committee has spirit. The committee voted Tuesday to officially recognize cheerleading.
According to The New York Times, International Olympic Committee’s sports director Kit McConnell called out cheer's "high youth appeal"as reason to vote in favor of the provisional recognition. The committee also voted to recognize Muay Thai, a combat sport.
And though this is major validation for cheerleaders and fans who've been forced to contend with haters that cheerleading is, in fact, a sport, an appearance at the Olympic games for cheer isn't a sure bet just yet. The provisional recognition is valid for three years, during which any of the committee executives can vote to fully recognize the sport. At that point, cheerleading's governing body is allowed apply for inclusion in the Olympic Games. But this year alone, the committee voted to include skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, so hope for cheer to one day be voted into the Games is very much alive.
However, the new recognition does mean that cheerleading's governing body will receive $25,000 annually from the International Olympic Committee and is now eligible to apply for additional grant funding.
Now that's something to cheer about.
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