Cricket’s greater than 100-year Olympic exile moved nearer to ending after the game was permitted for inclusion on the 2028 Los Angeles Games by the International Olympic Committee’s govt board. IOC president Thomas Bach, talking after Friday’s second day of an govt board assembly in Mumbai, mentioned officers had accepted a proposal by LA organisers for Twenty20 cricket to be included as certainly one of 5 new sports activities along with baseball/softball, flag soccer (non-contact American soccer), squash and lacrosse. But the ultimate alternative of which sports activities are on the 2028 programme can be voted on Monday on the IOC session in Mumbai, one of many hotbeds of cricket, as India hosts the lads’s 50-over Cricket World Cup.
“For the IOC, it is a great opportunity to engage with new athlete and fan communities,” mentioned Bach.
“We see the growing popularity of T20 cricket and we look forward to welcoming the world’s best players to the US in 2028,” he added.
Los Angeles chiefs have proposed a six-team occasion, in each males’s and girls’s T20 cricket, with the United States set to discipline sides because the host nation.
But no agency determination on the variety of groups or how they’re certified can be taken except and till cricket receives formal ratification on Monday.
Cricket final featured on the 1900 Paris Olympics, when a crew from Britain beat a aspect representing France.
The sport has made strikes in the direction of a return to the Games for greater than a decade, with the encouragement of the Olympic motion.
Adding cricket to the Olympic programme is an apparent transfer, financially talking.
It would faucet into the profitable south Asian market, attracting followers in nations corresponding to India and Pakistan.
T20 cricket is the game’s shortest worldwide format.
The Indian Premier League, that includes cricket’s world stars, has helped India turn into the unquestioned financial driving pressure of the game, due to legions of followers and profitable broadcasting offers in a nation the place the sport is nearly a faith.
Meanwhile, the standing of boxing on the 2028 Games stays unsure after the IOC stripped the International Boxing Association of its recognition following a dispute over how the game is ruled.
Boxing has been a part of each Olympics since 1920 and can characteristic in Paris subsequent yr.
“We want boxing on the programme,” mentioned Bach. “We have no problem, with boxing or boxers — we have a problem with the governing body.”
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