Could Cheerleading be at the Olympics in 2028?
The Olympic Games are officially headed back to the United States. This week, the city of Los Angeles and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the acceptance of the 2028 games to the state of California.
The IOC has agreed to advance funds of $1.8 billion to the Los Angeles Organizing Committee in view of the longer planning period. The goal is to increase participation and access to youth sports programs in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games.
The International Cheer Union (ICU) has worked extremely hard to get competitive cheerleading to this point. If and/or when cheerleading gets added to the Olympic Games, it will be huge for our sport and we truly can’t wait to see the public see what the athletes of cheerleading really are capable of.
Each olympic cycle, the host nation is allowed to introduce five new sports within that olympic year. As the next cycle nears for 2020 and 2024, we can only hope that cheerleading will move past its provisional acceptance to be included into the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Games cycle. While it may seem unlikely, it’s not impossible for the ICU competitive cheer format to be included at Paris 2024.
The IOC has already approved it’s list of new sports for Tokyo 2020, which unfortunately does not include competitive cheerleading. The new sports arriving for Tokyo 2020 sports program will include baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing.
This is exciting news for cheerleaders across the world as cheerleading is growing to a larger and larger fan base each year. When do you want to see cheerleading make it’s debut in the Olympics?