Cricket Not to be Included to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics

Last Update: January 20, 2023, 21:08 IST

The game of cricket has officially failed to make it to the Olympics 2028 to be held in Los Angeles, USA. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has informed the International Council about this and now, the global cricket body has to make a new pitch for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

It is learned that the ICC is now forming a new Olympic committee and BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who also represents the Indian cricket board at the ICC, will head it.

Cricket featured only once, at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, in which Great Britain and hosts France were the only participants. In August last year, the IOC had selected cricket along with eight other sporting disciplines for review. The other eight sports for the showpiece event are baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, break dancing, karate, kickboxing, squash, and motorsport.

In February 2022, the IOC stated that a total of 28 sporting events would be part of the Los Angeles Games and also said that ‘potential new sports’ with a focus on youth would be considered.

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According to IOC diktat, a sport must clear some set of criteria to be considered for inclusion.

This includes cost and complexity reduction, inclusion of the best athletes and sports with safety and health, global appeal, host country interests, gender equality, youth relevance, maintaining integrity and fairness to support clean sports, and long-term sustainability. Are included.

Cricket in the Commonwealth Games 2022 was being shown in the women’s T20 format played between eight countries. However, for a sporting event to be included in the Olympic Games, it must be for both men and women.

(With PTI inputs)

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