08/01/2011 12:00 AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (Fall 2011) — The International Cheer Union (ICU) has welcomed its 100th member country. With the recent additions of cheerleading members in Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, Mongolia becomes the 100th member nation of one of the fastest growing sport federations in the world.”
“We are celebrating just how widespread cheer has become across the globe,” said Karl Olson, Secretary General of the ICU. “What started on an American college campus more than a hundred years ago has become a beloved sport on every continent. We are thoroughly impressed how all nations of all cultures are embracing cheer around the world.”
The International Cheer Union (ICU) proudly counts 100 member countries from all five continents. It is the non-profit world governing body for international cheerleading, with the goal of expanding overall participation in cheerleading worldwide. The 2011 ICU World Championships were held this past April in Orlando, FL, with Cheerleading National Teams from over 60 countries representing all continents competing for World Championships titles.
“This milestone represents the growing popularity of cheer across the world, and is a reflection of its strength,” says Jeff Webb, President of the ICU “Cheerleading’s growth is a testament to its popularity among athletes, its ease of entry and its fundamentally positive nature. It is truly
an exciting time for our sport.”
As the ICU continues its pursuit towards formal recognition as the official world governing body for cheer, its growth and quick assent are critical towards this goal. The 2012 ICU World Championship is scheduled for April 26 – 27, 2012.