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After 128 years, Cricket will make a comeback at the Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028

Cricket is one of five sports suggested for "potential inclusion"; the IOC will make a final judgement later this week

The 141st International Olympics Committee (IOC) Session. Which is slated to take place in Mumbai on October 15–16, will only need to formally approve cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. After being absent from the Olympic Games for 128 years, cricket is about to return. The activity has been put out for the 2028 Los Angeles Games. And if approved, would be a lock for Brisbane 2032.

Other sports on the list include baseball, softball, lacrosse, squash, flag football. A smaller, less violent form of gridiron football, and squash. Breakdancing is out; following its debut in Paris next year. It will be a one-and-done. Karate, kickboxing, and motorsports are some other disciplines that didn’t make the criteria.

IOC President

The day after seeing an Indian Super League (ISL) game, IOC President Thomas Bach, who is now in Mumbai. Participated in a game of cricket with children at an event in Navi Mumbai. The German, who won an Olympics gold medal in foil fencing in the past. Germans has already expressed support for cricket’s potential Olympic participation. He reaffirmed his goal for the Olympics to be “younger, more inclusive, more urban and more sustainable”. During the European Olympic Committees meeting a few days ago.

In 1900 in Paris, where two teams competed. This decision puts an end to months of doubt about the sport’s comeback. And allows the IOC to capitalise on the enormous market that the sport enjoys. Particularly in India and throughout Asia. The IOC’s decision to hold its meeting in New Delhi for the first time since 1983. Another indication of the country’s growing importance to the Olympic body.

ICC Chairman

Two years after the governing organisation announced it would submit a request to have the sport included in the Olympics. ICC Chairman Greg Barclay was cautiously optimistic. “We are delighted that LA28 have recommended cricket for inclusion in the Olympics,” he stated. “Whilst this is not the final decision. It is a very significant landmark towards seeing cricket at the Olympics for the first time in more than a century.”

Coincidentally, the 141st IOC meeting is taking place in Mumbai. India, where participants can directly observe the effects of the Cricket World Cup. Casey Wasserman, head of LA28, stated: “The suggested sports spark the imagination on the pitch.

Format of Cricket

Cricket was a triumph at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with Australia taking the gold. Team of both genders took part in the T20 format. Which is what will be used at the Olympics. The idea of entering the lucrative Indian television market seems to have won over the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Which has been the driving force behind the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) quest for the sport’s admission.


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