IOC agrees to add five new cricket and other items to LA 2028

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The IOC General Assembly held in Mumbai, India, paved the way for cricket to return to the Los Angeles Olympics. The plenary also voted to include four other sports in the Olympic program. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced that the country will bid to host the 2036 Summer Olympics.

The plenary session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the program proposals of the organizers of the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles and cleared the way for the Olympic cricket comeback in Mumbai.

The sport, which is particularly popular in India, will return after 128 years, and baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse and squash will also be included in the program. This was decided by the IOC members on Monday.

With the addition of four new team sports, the LA Summer Games will break the previous limit of 10,500 athletes.

No sport is likely to have to give way; both Modern Pentathlon, with the discipline of steeplechase instead of show jumping, and weightlifting, following an anti-doping reform, already received the blessing of the Executive Board around IOC President Thomas Bach on Friday. The decision on boxing is pending.


According to a report by industry portal “insidethegames,” the IOC’s TV revenue in India from cricket increases from $20 million to $150 million. India is seen as the market of the future, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing an Olympic bid for 2036.

IOC agrees to add five new cricket and other items to LA 2028

India will “turn over every stone” in its efforts to organize the 2036 Games, the 73-year-old assured Saturday. The IOC session was held in the world’s most populous country for the first time in 40 years.

Cricket was Olympic for the only time so far in 1900 in Paris, then with only one match between France and Great Britain. Squash had last made four unsuccessful bids and is celebrating its Olympic premiere in Los Angeles, as is flag football, the disembodied version of American football.

Lacrosse and baseball/softball, which were last contested in the Olympics in 1908 and 2021, respectively, are among the five sports proposed for the 2028 Los Angeles Games. LA 2028 organizing committee chair Casey Wasserman said, “We want LA 2028 to be a springboard for these five sports.”

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