Cheerleading is now getting full recognition after being accepted by the International Olympic Committee. This comes after a push from the International Cheer Union.
The International Cheer Union has been working on this move for more than 12 years and now all their hard work is paying off. Several cheer professionals in Acadiana say this is the beginning of something special for the cheerleading industry.
“It's a big shock, I mean it’s a big sport. There are tons of girls doing it. There are a ton of guys doing it. obviously, it took them a long time to do that.” Chase Hardy Said.
This is a historic moment for cheerleaders as the International Cheer Union made their request known that cheerleading is a great sport to add to the olympics.
“It provides a level of respect. This is something that cheerleaders have kind of had a little chip on their shoulder for years with ya know we are very athletic, but we don’t get any respect and what this does it’s affirmation at the highest level.” Jeff Webb Said.
Organizations like Hangtime Trampoline and Tumbling are pumped about the recognition that cheerleading is getting.
“It's been a long time coming so this is epic. I've done college and high school presentations on cheerleading, so this is epic for each and every person.” Christian Dixon Said.
Gym manager Victoria Comeaux says this move can help those individuals that want to take their talents beyond the college level.
“This is going to open up so many doors for them after college cheerleading , it kind of gets slim for what their opportunities are. I think this is going to grow the industry and our business as well.” Victoria Comeaux Said.
Cheerleading will not debut in the upcoming tokyo games , but The International Cheer Union hopes cheerleading will make its Olympic debut in the 2028 Olympic games in Los Angeles.