A Cricket-led bid to feature at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics
Cricket's long-awaited inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics received a boost when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shortlisted it for review alongside eight other sports. Cricket was only played once at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, with only Great Britain and host France taking part.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, the development comes just one day after the International Cricket Committee (ICC) was formally invited by both the LA28 and the IOC to submit a presentation to have their case considered.
However, a final decision is expected before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai in mid-2023.
Baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, break dancing, karate, kick-boxing, squash, and motorsport are the other eight sports being considered for the showpiece event.
In February of this year, the IOC announced that 28 sporting events would be included in the Los Angeles Games, and that 'potential new sports' would be considered with a focus on youth.
A sport must meet certain criteria in order to be considered for inclusion, according to IOC rules.
Priorities include cost and complexity reduction, attracting the best athletes and sports while putting safety and health first, global appeal, host country interest, gender equality, youth relevance, maintaining integrity and fairness to support clean sports, and long-term sustainability.
Cricket is currently featured in the ongoing Commonwealth Games, with the women's T20 format being played among eight nations, though only women's teams are competing.
However, in order for a sporting event to be included in the Olympic Games, it must be open to both men and women.
Geoff Allardice, CEO of the International Cricket Council, said he was pleased with how cricket was perceived during the Birmingham Games, and that the sport was a "star attraction" at the showpiece event.
"We've seen how much the world's best players have enjoyed playing in front of large crowds and, I'm sure, large TV audiences," Allardice told the website.
(This story was generated automatically from a syndicated feed and was not edited by NDTV staff.)
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