A week ago, Team USA made history and won the first FISU (International University Sports Federation) World Championship Title in Lodz, Poland. It was the first time Team USA had competed outside America, and the first time cheerleading was officially included in the FISU World Championships.
Why is this a big deal?
In the past, the International Cheer Union (ICU) has held the World University Cheerleading Championships in conjunction with the UCA College National Championship in January, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Since starting the Olympic journey, this is the first time the cheer has been included in a multi-game competition, earning recognition of its sports status alongside other recognized disciplines like soccer, triathlon, track and field, squash an uh, chess!
What exactly is FISU?
FISU, or the International University Sports Federation, aims to bring the best college athletes from around the world to compete, fraternize and come together in the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play.
FISU launched the World University Championships in the early 1960s. Meant to guarantee continuity in the competition programme, these Championships take place during even-numbered years and experience increasing success year upon year. They allow a large number of students and university sports leaders to get together. The Championships celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2013 and in 2018, 33 stand-alone World University Championship events across countries and continents made for a calendar full of quality competitions.
Congratulations to Team USA, and all countries who participated in the inaugural event from Australia, Japan, Belarus, Russia, Thailand, China, Korea, Hungary, Chinese Taipei and Canada!
Full results can be seen here.