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Cricket will not be part of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games and this has been officially confirmed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been informed about this by the IOC, and thus the global cricket body has to build a new pitch for the 2032 edition of the Olympic Games in Brisbane.
According to reports, the ICC is currently forming a new Olympic Committee, which will be headed by BCCI Secretary Jai Shah, who also represents the Indian Cricket Board at the ICC. The IOC said in February 2022 that the Los Angeles Games would have a total of 28 sporting events and consider “potential new sports” with youth in mind.
At the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris, only Great Britain and the host nation France participated in cricket. Cricket was among eight other sports chosen by the IOC for review in August last year. Baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, breakdancing, karate, kickboxing, squash and motorsports are the other eight sports for the main event.
According to IOC policy a sport must meet a specific set of requirements to be considered for inclusion in the Olympics. Global appeal, incentives from host countries, gender equality, youth relevance, maintaining integrity and fairness to encourage clean sport and long-term viability as well as low cost and complexity were given top priority.
The Commonwealth Games 2022, which was held in Birmingham, saw the introduction of women’s cricket as a sporting event. Australia, India, Pakistan, Barbados, England, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka were the eight teams participating in the tournament. All the games were held at Edgbaston, and Australia won the gold medal in the final defeating India, who settled for the silver medal.