IOC approves inclusion of cricket in Olympics

Cricket’s Grand Return in Olympic Games

Cricket enthusiasts worldwide are gearing up for a historic moment as the beloved sport make its grand return to the Olympic Games in 2028, scheduled to be held in Los Angeles. This announcement marks a significant milestone for cricket, which has been a topic of debate among sports lovers for over a century regarding its status as a global game.

The IOC, convening in India for the first time in four decades, submitted a proposal to include cricket and four other sports in the prestigious event.


Cricket in Olympics

The decision came after a thorough review by the Olympic Programme Commission, leading to the IOC Executive Board presenting the additional sports proposal from the LA28 Organising Committee to the IOC Session. The proposed sports include baseball/softball, cricket (T20), flag football, lacrosse (sixes), and squash.

The move marks a significant milestone for cricket enthusiasts worldwide, as the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics promises to bring a new dimension to the global athletic stage. With the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad officially named Los Angeles 2028 or LA28, these additions are expected to diversify the Olympic experience and engage a broader audience.

The journey of cricket in the Olympics dates back to the year 1900 when it made its debut, featuring a riveting clash between Great Britain and France. However, despite its initial appearance, cricket gradually faded out from the Olympic arena. Now, after decades, cricket reclaims the spot in the prestigious event.