Squash, baseball, lacrosse and flag football also included
Mumbai, October 16, 2023: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved cricket, squash, baseball/softball, lacrosse and flag football during its 141st session for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
Formally announcement of including Cricket in the programme for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, delivering a massive boost to the game’s global ambitions. Cricket will be played in the T20 format.
IOC president Thomas Bach made the announcement of cricket’s inclusion along with the other sports after the recommendation of the executive board was put to vote through raising of hands.
“The addition of cricket in the Olympics, for the first time since 1900, concludes a two-year process, in which the ICC worked to develop an exciting proposal that supports the Olympic values and LA28’s mission to create an unparalleled experience for athletes, fans, partners and the local community,” said the ICC in a statement.
The pr’posal to include the five sports recommended by LA28 Organising Committee was opposed by only two of the 99 IOC members.
Italy’s Olympic champion shooter and sports director of LA28, Niccolo Campriani, also referred to Indian superstar Virat Kohli’s popularity during the discussions. “We are thrilled to welcome the world’s second most popular sport with an estimated 2.5 billion fans worldwide,” he said. The Italian added: “My friend Virat (Kohli) is the third-most followed athlete in the world with 340 million followers on social media.”