While the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is currently captivating India, cricket enthusiasts have more reasons to rejoice. Cricket is set to make a grand return to the Olympics during the 2028 Los Angeles Games. Additionally, flag football and baseball are also slated to be included in this prestigious sporting event. This development marks a significant milestone, especially for cricket, as it will make its Olympic comeback after a hiatus of nearly 128 years.
Cricket to Rejoin the Olympics in 2028 Los Angeles Games
The decision to reintroduce cricket in the Olympics has been recommended to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). While an official announcement is still pending, there is optimism that it will be unveiled during the IOC’s upcoming session on October 15 and 16.
During the presentation for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics, the International Cricket Council (ICC) proposed hosting men’s and women’s 6-team T20 tournaments as part of the Olympic cricket program. Participation in these tournaments would be granted to the top 6 ranked teams. The T20 format has been favored as the ideal format for Olympic cricket.
Cricket’s Olympic Return Set to be Unveiled by IOC
Cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics signifies a remarkable moment for a sport that has witnessed global expansion. The call for integrating cricket into the Olympics has grown louder, especially with the sport’s presence in nations where it was previously less prominent. The last time cricket graced the Olympic stage was in the 1900 Paris Olympics when the Great Britain team clinched the gold medal by defeating France. Now, after more than a century, cricket is primed to reclaim its place on the Olympic platform, much to the delight of cricket fans worldwide.