Cheerleading and Muaythai become IOC recognised Sports
7 December 2016
IOC: The martial art of Muaythai kickboxing and Cheerleading have made their way into the Olympic Movement.
The International Cheer Union and the International Federation of Muaythai have taken the first step on a long road to becoming a future Olympic sport after receiving provisional recognition by the IOC Executive Board on Tuesday.
The sports will be added to the Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federations (ARISF), the world authority regrouping all IOC Recognised International Sport Federations. The non-governmental, non-profit, non-discriminatory organisation was constituted and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
The association currently lists 35 International Sports Federations including Netball, Orienteering, American Football and Tenpin Bowling. The pair were among 16 sports bodies which applied for IOC recognition earlier this year, and will take list of recognized federations to a total of 37.
Executive Driector of the Australian All Stars Cheerleading Federation, Stephen James, said this is great news for cheerleading bodies globally.
"This is a really great result after years of hard work from international cheerleading federations to have the sport provisionally recognised by the IOC," said James.
"Australia always places well in international cheerleading competitions, so the news is very exciting for us."
The two sports will receive $25,000 in annual funding from the IOC and will have the opportunity to tap into a number of programs, including athlete development and anti-doping.
At the end of a three-year provisional recognition period, both sports will be able to apply to become part of the Olympic Games sports program, meaning the 2024 Games will become their focus.