Good News Los Angeles to host 2028 Olympics

somnath chakraborty

29 Jun 2017
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Though there were reports that cricket had failed to make it to the 2028 LA Olympics, ESPNcricinfo understands that no decision has been taken yet and a final call will be taken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) around October this year after the LA28 organisers finalise the list of new sports by March. These will then be ratified, at the IOC's session in Mumbai, expected to take place around October this year.

If the proposal is accepted, it is likely that the six participating teams would be the top six in the ICC's men's and women's T20 rankings on a cut-off date. The ICC has not yet finalised a tournament structure - it is still discussing options for this with the LA28 organisers.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has been added to the ICC's Olympics working group, which is headed by Greg Barclay (ICC chairman) and also includes Indra Nooyi (independent director), and Paraag Marathe (former USA Cricket president).

Cricket's Olympic date will have to wait, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has postponed taking the decision.

The Executive Board (EB) of the IOC, originally scheduled to decide whether to include cricket in the Olympic programme on Friday, will still hold its meeting as planned, but the cricket discussion - rather which new sports are to be included in the Olympics in 2028, has been removed from the EB's agenda.

The IOC has announced that it will address the matter at a later date and has also postponed the scheduled online media conference where it was supposed to announce the new sports for the Los Angeles Games in 2028.

The decision of the LA organising committee to pick squash, which has lobbied for decades to make the Games, and lacrosse, which last appeared in 1908, count as a double surprise.

Cricket has been played once before at an Olympics, in Paris in 1900, when England and France played a single match for the gold medal. But in Los Angeles there will be a T20 men’s and women’s tournament that will open up a potentially lucrative commercial market in the Asian subcontinent. The T20 format will be use for men and women. It is highly likely to be retained for the Games in Brisbane, Australia, in 2032.

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