TE24 Sports Desk:
In a landmark move, cricket has been judged by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has been shortlisted as one of nine sports to be added to the Los Angeles 2028 Games.
Cricket will compete for a spot in the marquee event with eight other sports, including baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, breakdancing, karate, kickboxing, squash and motorsports.
The exact date of the International Cricket Council (ICC) presentation is yet to be fixed, but the final decision on whether the match will be included in the event will be in late 2023, when the IOC meeting in Bombay is scheduled. It’s a schedule.
There is no limit to the number of sports the IOC can add, provided they meet the registration criteria listed below. Best athletes and sports commitments that put athlete health and safety first.
Recognizing the global appeal and interest of the host country to fans worldwide. Prioritize gender equality and youth relevance to attract new fans and athletes. Maintain integrity and fairness to support fair play. Support environmental sustainability to promote long-term sustainability.
The ICC is confident that women’s sports will be included in the Olympics due to the popularity of women’s sports at its 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, which are underway. As quoted by ESPNcricinfo, ICC CEO Jeff Allardyce said:
We have declared our ambition to compete in the Olympics, Allardyce said last week. We will support the organizers of LA 2028 and provide all information to help evaluate the various sports for inclusion in the Olympic programme. But at this point, decisions will be made for next year.
“Being in multi-sport games, whether it’s the Commonwealth Games or the Asian Games or the African Games, including cricket in these multisport events is good for the growth of our sport. One, it gives many of our member countries a seat at the top table for sports organizations within their countries. Two. , coverage of these games reaches new audiences that may not have been traditional cricket viewers.”