Cheerleading World Championships in Berlin take shape following the IFC AGM 2015

IFC paved the way for the future of the sport of Cheerleading and this year's Cheerleading World Championships in particular at its Annual General Meeting held in Berlin on the 7th February.

One of the major points of business was the Executive Board member elections. Re-elected unanimously were Robert Huber (GER) as Senior Vice President, Liudmila Zueva (RUS) as Vice President and Secretary General, Dr. Thitipong Nandhabiwat (THA) as Director and Noralma Endara (ECU) as Treasurer.

Positive news was in ample supply in relation to the World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF). The IFC President, Setsuo Nakamura informed the delegates about the positive current status of membership and cooperation with WDSF and the associated benefits that Associate Membership with WDSF brings for both the IFC and its members.

The Senior Vice President added that members of the IFC’s senior leadership participated at the WDSF Presidium meeting in Barcelona earlier in 2015 and the IFC will also send delegates to participate in the WDSF AGM in Granada this coming June. In return, a visit of the leadership of the WDSF at the Cheerleading World Championships in 2015 is planned.

Seminars, doping rules and new members

A seminar for Cheer Dance judges is planned in the summer during the European Cheerleading Championships in Croatia. The successful candidates would then be eligible for selection as judges for the World Championships in Berlin. Other seminars are planned in a common language.

The modified IFC Anti-doping rules 2015 based on the new WADA code were sent to all members during the latter part of 2014 and came into effect on the 1st January 2015.  The new rules will be applied and implemented at the World Championships in November.  

New members and course for the World Championships in Berlin

During the meeting, Denmark, Ireland and Russian Federation were accepted unanimously as members of IFC.

In relation to the World Championships in Berlin, the most important decisions came towards the end of the session.  As great emphasis is placed on the development of athletes under the age of 16, it was announced that the 1st Junior Cheerleading World Championships will commence in Berlin alongside the senior competition. The exact format is currently under review and will be determined shortly following consultation with the members of IFC.

It was also announced that a new division "Cheer Dance Doubles", will be introduced at the World Championships in Berlin and a number of existing categories have been renamed. 

The official rehearsal in front of the judges has been set for Friday, 20th November.

Nearby accommodation and a guarantee for a Berlin team

For the accommodation of the teams, the Berlin Organizing Committee will offer numerous hotels in the vicinity of the Max-Schmeling-Halle; the venue chosen for the World Championships. The official hotels guarantee short distances to the venue, a good standard of accommodation as well as being situated relatively close together.

However, the most important decision concerns the city of Berlin itself. If the German national champions in the category “Cheerleading Mixed” will not come from Berlin, the German capital receives a wild card entry for Germany and will earn the right to participate at the World Championships in addition to the winning German national team. This ensures that a "local hero" can participate and attract local support.