IOC approves cricket and four other sports for 2028 Games in Los Angeles

Cricket will feature as one of five new sports at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, organisers announced Monday.

A vote of the International Olympic Committee’s session in Mumbai approved cricket, together with baseball/softball, flag football, squash and lacrosse.

The IOC’s executive board last week accepted a proposal by organisers for Twenty20 cricket, the sport’s shortest format, to be included along with the four other new events at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

Los Angeles chiefs have proposed a six-team cricket event in Olympics, in both men’s and women’s T20 cricket.

The United States is set to field sides as the host nation, but no firm decision has been made on the number of teams, or how they will qualify.

Cricket last featured at the 1900 Paris Olympics, when a team from Britain beat a side representing France.

Meanwhile, Major League Cricket, a professional Twenty20 League, launched in the United States in July.

“It’s a win-win situation,” International Cricket Council chairman Greg Barclay told reporters in Mumbai of cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.



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