Cheerleading Has Been Granted Provisional Olympic Sport Status!
In breaking “Well, it’s about stinkin’ time!” news, cheerleading has finally been granted provisional Olympic sport status! It’s still not an officially recognized Olympic sport, so we won’t be seeing any stunts at the 2020 games, but this is certainly a huge step in the right direction!
So, what exactly does “Provisional Olympic Sport Status” mean?
Basically, the governing body of a sport (in cheer’s case, The ICU, or International Cheer Union) will receive at least a $25,000 grant each year from the International Olympics Committee along with the opportunity to apply for more grants. This status lasts for up to three years and the grants help fund the sports so that they grow! At any point during these three years, IOC executives can vote for a petition to have the sport included in the Olympic Games!
Cheerleading was granted provisional Olympic sport status along with Muay Thai, a form of kickboxing. We all know which of the two is the fiercest. ??
Add this little news tidbit to your arsenal of comebacks for the next time someone tells you that cheerleading isn’t a sport.