NYT: The International Olympic Committee’s executive board voted on Tuesday to recognize cheerleading and the combat sport Muay Thai, meaning that the governing body for each sport will receive at least $25,000 annually from the committee and have the opportunity to apply for additional grants.

The provisional recognition of the two sports, which will last for up to three years, lays the groundwork for each sport to apply for inclusion in the Olympics. At any point during those three years, committee executives can vote to fully recognize the sports, after which each could petition to be included in the Games.

Tuesday’s vote to approve cheerleading and Muay Thai, a sport similar to kickboxing, signaled further efforts by the Olympic committee to appeal to a new generation as it battles a global doping scandal that is threatening its credibility and relevance.

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