Cricket will return to Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028 after a century of absence, while squash will make its Olympic debut. The LA28 organizing committee recommended baseball/softball, flag football, and lacrosse as part of a “package” for their revision of the Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Olympic program commission and executive board examined and approved the idea.
Lacrosse appeared in St. Louis in 1904 and London in 1908, while Cricket was in the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900. IOC President Thomas Bach stated that Cricket is evolving and that discussions between the IOC and the LA organizing committee led to everything falling into place. Cricket, played by almost half of the world’s population, has only made one appearance in the Olympic Games, in 1900, when Great Britain won the gold medal against France.
Cricket is back in the Olympics in Los Angeles after 128 years
Los Angeles Olympics 2028 now officially includes Cricket. The choice came about during the 141st IOC session, which is taking place in Mumbai. It took a whopping 128 years for the sport to get added to the Olympics.
LA 2028 Olympics will feature Cricket
Cricket is returning to the Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028 after an over-than-century absence, while squash is making its Olympic debut. At the 141st meeting of the International Olympic Committee on Monday, the addition of both sports officially became known.
The LA28 organizing committee
The LA28 organizing committee (OC) recommended baseball/softball, flag football, and lacrosse as part of a “package” for their revision of the Games, and the IOC’s Olympic program commission and executive board examined and approved the idea.
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Lacrosse appeared in St. Louis in 1904 and London in 1908, while Cricket was in the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900. Several Olympic Games featured baseball and softball in the itinerary, most recently Tokyo 2020. In LA, flag football will make its Olympic debut.
IOC President Thomas Bach’s statement
“As a sport, Cricket is evolving. IOC member Nita Ambani consistently informs us of the tremendous growth of Cricket in India and elsewhere. Following discussions between the IOC and the LA organizing committee, everything fell into place,” according to IOC President Thomas Bach.
The ICC Chairman Greg Barclay’s statement
Cricket made it to the Los Angeles Olympics, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC Chairman Greg Barclay showed his happiness over the move by stating, “We rejoice that LA28 added Cricket to the Olympics. The choice to include Cricket back in the Olympics after over a century is a significant advancement in that direction. We want to thank LA28 for their assistance throughout the assessment procedure.”
History of Cricket in the Olympics
Cricket, played by almost half of the world’s population, has only ever made one appearance in the Olympic Games, way back in the Paris Olympics of 1900. There was only one game that year, and Great Britain beat the host country, France, to win the gold medal. This cricket match occurred over two days and consisted of four innings, much like a first-class game.