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The “landmark” step for cricket’s Olympic bid

The “landmark” step for cricket’s Olympic bid

Cricket’s chances of appearing at the Olympics in 2028 have improved after event organizers announced they had recommended its inclusion for the Los Angeles Games.

While cricket has been seen at two recent Commonwealth Games, in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and Birmingham in 2022, it has not been seen at an Olympic Games since England won the Gold medal in a one-off match in Paris in 1900.

However, a return to the Olympics in the United States could be on the cards in five years, with LA28 officials recommending the inclusion of cricket in a list of sports submitted to the IOC for approval and set to be added for the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad.

ICC Chair Greg Barclay was delighted to learn of the recommendation and anticipates a final decision in the near future.

“We are delighted that LA28 have recommended cricket for inclusion in the Olympics,” Barclay said in a statement.

“While this is not the final decision, it is an important step toward seeing cricket in the Olympics for the first time in over a century.”

“I’d like to thank LA28 for their support during the new sport evaluation process over last two years and we look forward to the final decision being taken at the IOC Session, in India, during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup next week.”

 

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