Cricket still has a chance to compete in the Olympics. As ICC is set to take the case to the Mumbai session in 2023. After it emerged that there would be little chance of the sport being included in the Summer Olympics of 2028 in Los Angeles,
it has now been confirmed that LA28 has invited the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make a presentation. Break dancing will be one of eight other disciplines against which cricket will compete, according to information from all parties concerned (World Dance Sport Federation).
The other federations invited are those of baseball/softball (WBSC), flag football (IFAF), lacrosse (World Lacrosse), karate (WKF), kickboxing (WAKO), squash (WSF) and motor sport ( FIA). The IOC/LA 28’s invitation to the ICC was confirmed to Powersportz on Monday August 1 by a reliable source.
According to source:
“Nine disciplines are on the shortlist of international federations invited to submit RFI (Request for Information) proposals for the review of the LA28 Olympic sports programme”,
There’s no way to know how many invitees will eventually be part of the Games, but LA28 has already announced 28 sports: swimming, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, golf, judo, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, skateboarding, football, sport climbing, surfing, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling. According to Cricbuzz, LA28 is not required to add new sports but should consider those that would meet its limit of 10,500 athletes at the Olympics.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for LA28 had said
“Beyond the initial 28 sports, the LA28 Games Organizing Committee has the option, but not the obligation, to propose additional new sports for inclusion in the LA28 Olympic programme. In the coming months, LA28 and the IOC will work with the International Federations to review the disciplines with the evaluation criteria. The criteria will also assist in the evaluation of potential new sports for the LA28 Olympic Games,”
Later this month, presentations should be made. Before the IOC Session in Mumbai in mid-2023, the final decision is expected.
The IOC presentation will highlight the sport’s more than one billion fans, the majority of whom are young people, and its global appeal. Moreover, it would confirm that the best players in the world will compete in the most exciting format in the game (T20).
So, if cricket is considered in the Olympics, India will be one of the favorites to win gold.
Asked about Olympic hopefuls, ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice recently told reporters:
“We have declared the ambition to be involved in the Olympic Games. We are assisting the LA28 organizers and providing them with the information for their evaluation of the different sports with regard to the addition to the Olympic programme. At this stage, the decisions are expected next year. There is not much to report at this stage except that we are assisting the organizers of LA28.”
He added saying
“The idea of having an annual conference in Birmingham is to celebrate cricket’s participation in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 24 years with the women’s T20 event. Judging from the reaction of the players, they are all excited and enjoy the experience of being with top athletes from other sports.”
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