Some of the best cheerleaders on the planet will convene in Orlando in late April to show off their talents.
The International Cheer Union is hosting the 2018 International Cheer Union World Cheerleading Championships from April 25 through April 27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The event will be held in conjunction with the ICU Junior World Cheerleading Championships.
The ICU—an organization dedicated to advancing cheerleading participation worldwide and providing a safe environment for athletes—was recognized in 2016 by the International Olympic Committee 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 was established in April of 2004 and is the recognized world governing body of Cheerleading. ICU consists of 105 member National Cheer Federations and 3.5 million athletes on all continents, hosts world championships consistently welcoming more than 70 nations, many global continental and regional championships, and continues to grow as a unified voice for all those who are dedicated to the positive advancement of cheerleading throughout the world.
Following a positive vote by the SportAccord General Assembly in May of 2013 in Saint Petersburg, the International Cheer Union (ICU) became SportAccord’s 109th member, and SportAccord’s 93rd international sports federation to join the international sports family.