Cricket makes it to Olympic Committee’s shortlist for Los Angeles 2028

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Cricket has been shortlisted as one of the nine sports that can be part of the Los Angeles Olympics 2028. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will review them before making a decision regarding the inclusion of cricket.

According to reports, 2028 organising committee for the world event had asked International Cricket Council (ICC) to give a presentation to make a case for cricket. The final decision regarding the inclusion is likely to be made in the second quarter of 2023 when IOC meets in Mumbai.

The other eight sports in looking for a place at the Olympics are break-dancing, baseball/ softball, flag football, lacrosse, karate, kickboxing, squash, and motorsport. The World DanceSport Federation, WBSC, IFAF, World Lacrosse, WKF, WAKO, WSF, and FIA are also invited to make their presentation as the representatives of respective sports.

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In February, it was decided that 28 sports will be part of the LA 2028 Games as part of IOC’s plan for expansion. There is no limit to the number of  sports that can be compete at the Olympics and the organisation feels new sports can be part of the event.

“We have declared the ambition to be involved in the Olympic Games. We are assisting the LA28 organisers and providing them the information for their assessment of different sports in regard to the addition to the Olympic programme. At this stage the decisions are due next year. There is not much to report at this stage other than the fact we are assisting the LA28 organisers,” Geoff Allardice, ICC CEO, said recently.

Having been part of the Commonwealth Games in 1998 as a men’s 50-over event, cricket returned to the Commonwealth Games with the ongoing event in Birmingham as a women’s T20 competition. It is seen as part of ICC’s quest to make the game global and be part of an event like Olympics.