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Cricket will compete for gold at the Olympic Games in 2028.

Cricket will compete for gold at the Olympic Games in 2028.

Cricket will be included in the Olympic Games for the first time in more than a century after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) formally ratified its inclusion in Los Angeles 2028.
Following IOC approval, the global sport will be included in the Olympic Games program for the first time since 1900 when it is played at LA28.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has led the proposal and two-year process for cricket to be added to the Olympic Games program, with LA28 also recommending its inclusion to the IOC last week.

During the 141st IOC Session in Mumbai on Monday, the IOC formally ratified the addition of cricket to the Olympic Games at LA28.

The Olympic Games are expected to have more than three billion viewers across TV and digital platforms, representing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for cricket to reach new audiences.

This will expand the popular sport’s global reach, introducing a new generation of cricket enthusiasts and fans.

“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.

“Having the opportunity to showcase our great sport at the LA28 Games, and hopefully many more Olympic Games in the future, 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 our selection was confirmed by the IOC here in Mumbai, during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, is truly icing on the cake.”

“The innings have just begun, and we can’t wait to see where this incredible journey leads.”

A ‘watershed moment’ in cricket’s Olympic bid

Some of the game’s legends have also expressed their delight that cricket will be included in the LA28 sports program.

“It’s 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 leading female run scorer.

“Players will have the opportunity to compete for an Olympic gold medal and be a part of these historic games.”

“It’s also a chance for more fans around the world to enjoy our fantastic sport.”

Cricket has only been a part of the Olympic Games once before, in 1900, but the game’s stars will now be able to dream of winning a medal.

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