In a move that will go down in history as a watershed moment for the game of cricket, the organising committee for the Olympic Games in 2028 that will be held in the United States has announced that they would be following through with their proposal to include cricket as a competition in those games.
The committee has proposed the T20 format, which is the shortest format of cricket. In addition, they have advocated including baseball, flag football, lacrosse, and squash in the Olympic competition.
The organisers believe that by taking this step towards inclusiveness, they would be able to capture the “spirit of diversity” that embodies Los Angeles, the city in which the games will be held.
“The inclusion of these sports aims to invigorate the games with fresh energy while enhancing relationships with international federations and professional leagues,” the organisers stated. “The inclusion of these sports aims to invigorate the games with fresh energy.”
In the latter part of this month, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be holding its 141st Session in Mumbai, where they will discuss and vote on the idea.
In the event that their inclusion is granted, these five additional sports will be added to the roster of the 28 others that have already been confirmed for the LA28 Olympics.
Following two years of engagement with the LA28 organisers, the International Cricket Council (ICC) stated that it is “excited to see” cricket included in the list of approved sports. The ICC called the development a “delight” and expressed “delight” over the development.
“We could not be more pleased with the recommendation that cricket be included in the Olympics made by LA28. Even while this is not the final decision, it is an important step towards reintroducing cricket to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century. According to Greg Barclay, Chairman of the ICC, he remarked.
It is crucial to know that much less known to the public, cricket has really been a part of the Olympics. In 1900, England competed against France in a “one-off” match in Paris, and England ended up winning the gold.