8th Cheerleading World Championships 2015 Successfully Concluded

The 8th Cheerleading World Championships 2015 were successfully concluded at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany.

Berlin, with an established, high-profile reputation as a host city of international sporting events, once again proved to be the ideal setting for a major sporting event as over 80 teams from all over the world descended on the German capital for IFC’s biennial Cheerleading World Championships.

Greeting words from Mr. Andreas Statzkowski (Secretary of State City of Berlin), Mr. Setsuo Nakamura (IFC President) and Mr. Robert Huber (AFVD President & Local Organising Committee Chairman) opened the proceedings.

The two days of competition were watched by a near sell-out crowd of 3,161 spectators on day one (Saturday 21st November) and 3,011 spectators on day two (Sunday 22nd November).

Medals were awarded in 10 different divisions of Cheerleading and Cheerdance with 6 different countries receiving gold medals.

Hosts Germany secured gold for the first time ever at the Cheerleading World Championships being crowned World Champion in Cheer Dance.  The victory was met with wild jubilation by the home crowd and was surely one of the highlights of the competition.

Japan continued their dominance in Cheerleading All Female winning gold for a remarkable 8th time in a row, therefore remaining unbeaten at the Cheerleading World Championships since the competition began in 2001. However, Japan’s reign as World Champion in Cheerleading Mixed, held since 2007, finally came to an end as Thailand narrowly edged past Japan to record a famous victory and claim their first gold at the Cheerleading World Championships in Cheerleading Mixed.  Thailand’s electric performance on the final day of competition was met with a standing ovation and the perfect culmination to an exhilarating competition.

Elsewhere, gold medals were awarded to Chinese Taipei (Cheerleading Doubles), Japan (Cheerleading Junior, Cheerleading Small Groups All Female and Cheer Dance Doubles), Russian Federation (Cheer Dance Doubles Junior) and Slovenia (Cheer Dance Junior) and Thailand (Cheerleading Small Groups Mixed).

During the closing ceremony the IFC President announced that Takasaki City, Japan will be the host of the next Cheerleading World Championships in 2017.  The Mayor of Takasaki City, Mr. Kenji Tomioka was present to receive the IFC flag.