It’s no secret that everyone involved with cheerleading has tried to gain sports status for many years. While this is still an issue in the UK, especially with in universities, around the world more and more people are starting to accept that cheerleading is in fact a sport.
The next step for cheerleading is the Olympic Games. Whilst there have been many comments against the idea, becoming an Olympic sport would be a landmark for cheerleaders. Olympic recognition would prove what those involved have been trying to prove for a long time. It would also open a lot of people’s eyes to what cheerleading really is.
Those who define cheerleaders as pom pom waving girls or define cheer itself as yelling and jumping around on the sidelines need to see a real cheer routine. Done well cheerleading reaches levels of strength and stamina many other sports don’t. It wouldn’t be your average team that entered the Olympics. Like any sport the squad would be well thought out and would include the most impressive stunts, tumbling and dance routines cheerleading has seen.
It is considered that cheerleading would be the same as the gymnastics competition however this is not the case. Whilst cheerleading incorporates elements of gymnastics it is only one aspect. The majority of a routine consists of stunting as well as elements of dance and jumps.
Whilst it has been confirmed that cheerleading will not be involved in the 2012 London Olympics negotiations are still underway to get the sport in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Let’s give cheerleading the recognition it deserves and make it and Olympic sport.