The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session, on Monday (October 16), approved the proposal from the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 to introduce five new sports to the Olympic programme. These new sports include baseball/softball, cricket (T20), flag football, lacrosse (sixes), and squash, and they will be part of the programme at the LA28 Olympic Games. The approval from IOC is a positive step towards expanding the range of sports represented at the Games. Notably, cricket returns to Games with 2028 Los Angeles Olympics since its exclusion from the event back in 1990.
“The proposal from the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 ( @LA28) to include five new sports in the programme has been accepted by the IOC Session. Baseball/softball, cricket (T20), flag football, lacrosse (sixes) and squash will be in the programme at LA28,” tweeted IOC.
#WATCH | IOC approves proposal to include Cricket and four other new games in the 2028 Los Angeles games
Two IOC members opposed it and one abstained from voting
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Mumbai during its voting session to include five new games including… pic.twitter.com/btfcU0tIkN
— ANI (@ANI) October 16, 2023
The inclusion of cricket in the Olympic program is anticipated to significantly increase the value of India’s broadcasting rights for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is expected that the popularity of cricket will surely help enhance the appeal and commercial potential of the Olympic Games.