The International Cheer Union(ICU) will hold the 2018 ICU World Cheerleading Championships this week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex. The event will be held in conjunction with the ICU Junior World Cheerleading Championships.
The ICU—the organization dedicated to advancing cheerleading participation worldwide and providing a safe environment for athletes—was recognized in 2016 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the international governing body for cheerleading. There are currently 110 countries with national federations who are members of the ICU reaching nearly four million athletes around the world. Together with its members, the ICU organizes and supports continental and regional competitions throughout the year, culminating in the annual World Championships. This year’s event will be the second annual global competition since the ICU received recognition by the IOC.
Eighty countries will compete at the 2018 World Cheerleading Championships, and champions will be crowned during the final award ceremonies held on Friday, April 27. Podium-placed teams will be honored with gold, silver and bronze medals.
For more information about the event and a list of participating teams, please visit cheerunion.org.
The International Cheer Union (ICU) was formed as the non-profit international governing entity whose mission is to advance cheerleading on a global scale. With over 100 member nations, the ICU represents all geographical areas where cheerleading exists. The ICU promotes healthy competition, rule development and education for athletes, coaches, and parents. More information can be found on www.cheerunion.org.