IOC Confirms Cricket will be Part of LA Olympic Games 2028: First Appearance of Cricket in the Olympic: On 16 October 2023, the IOC and ICC confirmed that cricket will be part of the Olympic Games from 2028. After 123 years, cricket was added as a sports Event in the Olympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee(IOC) accepted the proposal of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to add cricket to the Olympic Games 2028, which is scheduled in Los Angeles, United States, in the year 2028.
In the 141st IOC Session in Mumbai on 16 October 2023, took a formal decision for the inclusion of cricket in the Olympics 2023. The ICC took multiple initiatives to Promote cricket on an International Level. As a result, the IOC added cricket to the Olympics.
ICC continuously works in the American Continent to promote cricket. This year, ICC announced the Major Cricket League as a local league of the United States. Currently, cricket is evolving a lot, and it’s a great time to represent it on an international level.
ICC Chairman Greg Barclay on inclusion of Cricket in Olympic Games 2028:
ICC Chairman Greg Barclay said, “ We are happy and excited that cricket has been officially added to the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics Games as the proposal was approved by the International Olympics Committee (IOC)”.
He added, “It is so delighted that such a big achievement happened in Mumbai during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which is going on in India.
Recently, For the first time, cricket was added to the Asian Games 2022 Hangzhou, and Both Men’s and Women’s teams participated in this event. Indian Team won Gold Medals in both Men’s and Women’s cricket.
As cricket was played in the T20 format in the Asian Games, the same procedure will be followed by the IOC in the Los Angeles 2023 Olympics Games. Teams that have good rank in ICC Men’s T20I Team Ranking will get direct qualification to the quarter-finals.
It will be an excellent opportunity for all cricket-playing nations to represent their country in such a big event. This is good news for cricket fans as well, as they can now support their teams in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.
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