According to a report, cricket will be included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic program along with flag football, baseball and softball. The Guardian reported that cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics will be confirmed at the 141st session of the International Olympic Committee starting in Mumbai on October 15. The International Cricket Council, in a statement, expressed its satisfaction that the LA28 organizing committee recommended the inclusion of the sport in the Olympic Games. Games. “The International Cricket Council (ICC) is delighted with the decision by the organizers of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games to recommend the inclusion of cricket in the Games. “After a two-year process, in which the ICC worked closely with LA28, the list “Sports to be added in Los Angeles include cricket, which will now be submitted for approval to the IOC,” the ICC said in a statement.
The newspaper also reported that lacrosse and squash could be proposed as additional sports for the 2028 Summer Games. Cricket has been played at the Olympics only once before, in Paris in 1900, when England and France battled for the medal. of gold.
“We are delighted that LA28 has recommended the inclusion of cricket in the Olympic Games.
“While this is not the final decision, it is a very important milestone to see cricket at the Olympic Games for the first time in more than a century.
“I would like to thank LA28 for their support during the evaluation process of the new sport over the last two years and we look forward to the final decision being made at the IOC session in India during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup next week. “. said ICC President Greg Barclay.
The men’s and women’s T20 competition will be played in the 2028 edition, opening up a lucrative market in the Asian subcontinent for the IOC.
Cricket’s entry into the Olympics will also go a long way in expanding the reach of the sport.
India is the game’s largest market and the value of the IOC broadcast deal in the country increases substantially following its inclusion in the 2028 edition.
Of the 15.6 million pounds reported for the 2024 Olympics, the broadcast deal in India could reach up to 150 million pounds if the game is presented in the 2028 edition, the newspaper reported.
Women’s cricket made its debut at the Commonwealth Games last year, while the men’s and women’s competitions were played at the recent Asian Games in China, where India swept the competition.
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