Cricket Formally Included in Olympic Games Program for Los Angeles 2028:
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is celebrating a historic milestone with cricket’s inclusion in the sports program of the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles (LA28). The International Olympic Committee (IOC) formally endorsed this decision during the 141st IOC Session in Mumbai, affirming LA28’s recommendation. This marks cricket’s return to the Olympics after a significant absence since 1900.
The ICC, in a comprehensive two-year effort, crafted a compelling proposal aligning with Olympic values and LA28’s mission to deliver an exceptional experience. This achievement seen as an opportunity for cricket to captivate new audiences and expand its global presence, leveraging the massive global viewership of the Olympics, exceeding 3 billion across various platforms.
The Olympic Games offer a unique platform for cricket to engage with diverse audiences worldwide. Greg Barclay, ICC Chairman, expressed his delight, highlighting the significance of showcasing cricket at the LA28 Games and the potential for future Olympic Games inclusion. He thanked the International Olympic Committee and LA28 for their support.
The confirmation of cricket’s return to the Olympics comes during the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in Mumbai, adding an extra layer of excitement to this momentous occasion. This development expected to usher in a new wave of cricket enthusiasts and contribute to the sport’s growth on a global scale.
Cricket’s presence in the Olympics is not only a historic event but also a promising one, offering the sport new horizons and opportunities for global expansion. The inclusion is anticipated to foster tremendous growth and interest in cricket, bringing the sport closer to fans and athletes worldwide.