Cricket is currently under consideration as one of the nine sports vying for inclusion in the prestigious 2028 Olympic Games to be hosted in Los Angeles. The organizing committee is contemplating the inclusion of the men’s and women’s T20 cricket format, and a final verdict on its inclusion is anticipated by the conclusion of this year.
If given the green light, cricket will make a remarkable comeback to the Olympic Games, marking its return after a hiatus of over a century since its last appearance in the 1900 Paris Olympics, where a one-off gold medal match was held. The proposal envisions a five-team competition for both the men’s and women’s categories, with teams earning qualification based on their rankings in the ICC World Rankings.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has shortlisted cricket, among eight other sports, for consideration in the LA 2028 Olympics. These sports include baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, break dancing, karate, kickboxing, squash, and motorsport. The decision to include cricket in the roster is also driven by substantial financial incentives offered to the committee.
The outcome of this decision will be of great interest to cricket enthusiasts worldwide, as it has the potential to rekindle the sport’s global prominence and provide a stage for cricket’s finest athletes to compete at the highest level in the Olympic arena.
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