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The age old argument about whether or not cheerleading is a sport may soon be settled as the International Olympic Committee has agreed to make it a provisional sport in the 2020 games in Tokyo.
Last week, the IOC voted to recognize cheerleading as a sport. According to the New York Times, this means the International Cheer Union will receive $25,000 in annual funding with opportunities for additional grants down the road.
Don’t do any backflips just yet!
At any point during the 3 year provisional period, the IOC can vote to fully recognize the sport. However, People Magazine points out that becoming part of the Olympic Games can take up to seven years. Fortunately, host cities are often allowed to introduce sports of their choice for a one-off appearances.
In addition to cheerleading, Muay Thai was also made a provisional sport. Its organization boats nearly 400,000 registers athletes and 135 national federations compared to cheerleading’s 450,000 participants and 100 federations.
Should cheerleading and Muay Thai succeed, the number of recognized Olympic sports would rise to 37.
Golf and rugby just joined the lineup for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Back in August, the IOC announced that baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, and surfing would all be featured in the 2020 Tokyo games.