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Osaka college wins cheerleading World Cup

A team from Baika Junior College in Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture, won the first cheerleading World Cup event sponsored by the International Federation of Cheerleading. The team, Raiders, won in the Senior Cheer All-Female division of the IFC World Cup held in Moscow. (Photo courtesy of Baika Gakuen)
There are two cheerleading world competitions. One is the World Championships, in which national teams comprising cheerleaders from various teams compete. The other is the IFC World Cup, in which individual teams compete. The inaugural World Cup was held on Nov. 23, with 25 teams from Japan, the U.S., Russia and other countries and regions competing against one another. Founded in 1992, the Raiders are a very strong team. 'The Raiders performed without error and vastly outperformed the second-place team,' said Prof. Keiko Miura, an advisor to the team.
In the Junior Cheer All-Female division, the Junior Bears from Mino-Jiyu Gakuen Junior High School (Osaka Pref.) were the winner. The next IFC World Cup is scheduled to take place in Germany in 2009.

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