LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Cheerleading and Thai kickboxing has been granted a provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee.
The International Cheer Union and the International Federation of Muay Thai were under 16 sporting organisations that have applied for the IOC recognition earlier this year.
The recognition assures that the covenants of $25,000, – IOC-financing per year. They are also eligible for other development programs, and access to the content of the Olympic Channel.
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It is only a first step on the road to possible acceptance of a future Olympic sport. Cheerleading, and Muay Thai join 35 other sports on the list of the IOC – recognized federations.
IOC sports director Kit McConnell says that the two federations were given provisional recognition for a period of up to three years. During that time, the IOC board of directors may recommend full recognition.