Cricket debut at Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games? IOC shortlisted games for review
Cricket’s much-anticipated inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics got a shot in the arm as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected it for review along with eight other sporting disciplines. Cricket has appeared only once at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, with Great Britain and host France being the only participants.
According to the ESPNcricinfo website, the development comes a day after the International Cricket Committee (ICC) was formally invited by both LA28 and the IOC to make presentations to consider their case. However, a final decision is expected to be announced sometime in mid-2023 ahead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai.
The other eight sports considered for a showpiece event are baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, break dancing, karate, kick-boxing, squash and motorsport. In February this year, the IOC said a total of 28 sporting events would be part of the Los Angeles Games and added that it would consider “possible new sports” with a focus on youth.
As per the IOC order, certain criteria must be clarified for a sport to be considered for inclusion. These include cost and complexity reduction priorities, putting the best athletes and sports with safety and health first, global appeal, the interests of the host country, gender equality, youth relevance, maintaining integrity and fairness to support clean sports , and includes long-term stability.
cricket currently running Commonwealth Games 2022 With the women’s T20 format being played between eight countries, only women’s teams are participating in it.
However, for a sporting event to be held at the Olympic Games, it must be for both men and women. ICC CEO Geoff Allardyce said he was pleased with the way cricket was viewed during the Birmingham Games and the game has been a ‘star attraction’ at the showpiece event.
“We’ve seen from the Commonwealth Games how much the best players in the world enjoy playing in front of huge crowds and I’m sure there will be big TV audiences,” Allardyce told the website.