by NEWSNER , 2021-08-11 11:07:13
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced its intention to lobby for the inclusion of cricket in the Olympic Games.
It has begun planning for a bid on behalf of the sport, with the primary goal of including it on the Los Angeles 2028 schedule.
The ICC has formed a Working Group to lead the bid.
"Thirty-million cricket fans live in the USA, making LA 2028 the ideal Games for cricket to make its return to Olympic competition. Cricket, till now, has made just one appearance in the Olympics, way back in 1900 in Paris when only two teams competed at the event - Great Britain and hosts France - meaning the sport's inclusion in 2028 would mark the end of a 128-year absence," The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a statement on Tuesday.
The sport will be featured in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games next year, which will serve as an ideal showcase for what the sport can contribute to the Olympics while also being a historic event in its own right.
The addition of cricket to the Olympic Games, according to ICC chairman Greg Barclay, would benefit both the sport and the Games themselves.
The Indian cricket board committed to send men's and women's teams to the 2028 Olympics provided cricket is included, giving the ICC's LA28 (Los Angeles 2028) plan a huge boost in April. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting have all expressed support for the ICC plan.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had previously been one of the most vocal opponents of cricket's inclusion in the Olympics. The process of incorporating sports into LA28 begins around mid-2022. In mid-2023, the International Olympic Committee will make a judgement on the LOC's proposals for sports inclusion.
Source: The Quint