CRICKET AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES
LA28 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have invited the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make a presentation ©Getty
Cricket’s hopes of appearing in the Olympics are alive and well. After thinking that the game’s chances of inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics are all but over, comes confirmation that LA28 has invited the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make a presentation.
According to information received from all parties concerned, cricket will compete with eight other disciplines and one of them is breakdancing (World DanceSport Federation). Baseball/softball (WBSC), flag football (IFAF), lacrosse (World Lacrosse), karate (WKF), kickboxing (WAKO), squash (WSF) and motorsport (FIA) are the other federations invited.
On Monday (August 1), a senior source confirmed to Cricbuzz the IOC/LA 28 invitation for the ICC. “Nine disciplines are on the shortlist of international federations invited to submit RFI (Request for Information) proposals for the LA28 Olympic sports program review,” the source said. Presentations are due later this month. The final decision is expected before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai in mid-2023.
It’s unclear how many invitees will eventually be included in the Games, but LA28 has already announced 28 disciplines – water sports, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, canoeing, cycling, equestrian sports, fencing, golf , gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, skateboarding, football, sport climbing, surfing, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling. As reported by Cricbuzzz on June 6LA28 is not obligated to include new sports, but it is expected to consider games that will reach its cap of 10,500 athletes at the Olympics.
“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 judging criteria. The criteria will also assist in the judging of potential new sports for the LA28 Olympics,” an LA28 spokesperson told Cricbuzz in June.
The IOC ground will be on the game’s global appeal with over a billion fans, most of them young. It would also confirm that the best players in the world will compete in the most exciting format in the game (T20).
Asked about Olympic hopes, ICC Director General Geoff Allardice recently told reporters: “We have declared the ambition to participate in the Olympic Games. We are assisting the LA28 organizers and providing them with the information necessary for their evaluation of the different sports with regards to additions to the Olympic program At this stage decisions are due next year There is not much to report at this stage other than the fact that we are assisting the organizers of the LA28.”
He added: “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’re all excited and enjoying the experience of being with top athletes from other sports.”