Just Now: Cricket Officially Included As One Of Five New Sports In Los Angeles 2028 Olympics
With the inclusion of cricket in the Olympics for the first time since 1900, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has completed a two-year process during which it worked hard to build an engaging plan that aligns with the Olympic ideals and supports LA28's target of providing athletes with a unique opportunity.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) was overjoyed to learn that cricket will be included in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028 (LA28). Following LA28's recommendation last week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) formally accepted cricket's inclusion today during the 141st IOC Session in Mumbai.
Cricket will be included in the Olympics for the first time since 1900, capping off a two-year process in which the ICC worked tirelessly to develop an exciting proposal that supports Olympic values and LA28's mission to provide an unparalleled experience for athletes, fans, partners, and the local community.
The Olympic Games are expected to have more than 3 billion viewers across TV and digital platforms, representing a once-in-a-lifetime chance for cricket to engage new audiences and expand the sport's global reach, opening the door to a new generation of cricket enthusiasts.
"We are thrilled that cricket's inclusion in the LA28 Olympic Games has been confirmed by the IOC Session today," said ICC Chairman Greg Barclay. The opportunity to display our excellent sport at the LA28 Games and hopefully many more Olympic Games to come will be fantastic for both players and fans.
"I'd like to thank the International Olympic Committee and LA28 for their assistance and belief in our organization's ability to deliver a world-class event and countless new Olympic fans from around the world." The fact that the IOC confirmed our selection here in Mumbai, during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, is definitely the cherry on top.
The game has only just begun, and we can't wait to see where this fantastic trip will take us."
"It is so exciting that cricket is now an Olympic sport and will make its return at LA28," said Mithali Raj, former India captain and all-time highest female run scorer.
The proposal from the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 (@LA28) to include five new sports in the programme has been accepted by the IOC Session.— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) October 16, 2023
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Players will have the opportunity to compete for an Olympic gold medal and be a part of the historic events. It also gives more people around the world the opportunity to appreciate our beautiful sport."