On December 6, 2016, the International Olympic Committee executive board granted provisional recognition for both the International Cheer Union and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur. What this means is that for the next three years both of these sports will be receiving about $25,000 in annual funding from the International Olympic Committee. They can apply to development programs within the IOC and after three years they can apply to become fully recognized Olympic sports.
The International Cheer Union has more than 100 national federations and almost five million registered athletes. The International Federation of Muaythai Amateur consists of more than 135 national federations with nearly 400,000 registered athletes.
While we won’t be seeing these sports at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, they could potentially be included in the future. If these two were recognized as Olympic sports, it would bring the total number of sports to 37. So while they still are not fully recognized, this is a huge win for these two sports and hopefully we will be able to see them in the Olympics someday.