Cheerleading could soon be an Olympic sport – Quartz


Who’s got spirit? The International Olympic Committee (IOC), that’s who.

The Olympic Games’ executive board voted yesterday to recognize cheerleading as well as the combat sport of Muay Thai, setting the stage for each to become an Olympic sport, the committee announced.

The provisional recognition by the IOC will last for three years, during which committee members can vote to fully recognize the sports at any of the IOC’s annual meetings, or sessions. The next session is scheduled for September 2017 in Lima. Once fully recognized, each sport can apply to be included in the Games.

Becoming an Olympic sport is no easy task and getting to this stage is a feat in itself, as Quartz reported. It’s difficult to get added to the Olympic lineup and easy to get dropped. Only five sports—athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, and swimming—have been staged at every Summer…


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