ICC Recommendations for 2028 Olympics© AFP
The International Cricket Council is still hopeful of the sport’s inclusion in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics and has “recommended” a six-team Twenty20 event for both men and women to the Games’ organizing committee. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will make a final decision on cricket’s inclusion around October after the organizers finalize the list of new sports by March.
These will then be approved at the IOC session in Mumbai, which is expected to be held around October this year, it added.
In a strategic move, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has been added to ICC’s Olympic Working Group headed by ICC Chairman Greg Barkley and comprising Indra Nooyi (Independent Director) and Parag Marathe (Former USA Cricket President).
Shah was inducted “keeping in mind India’s ambition” to host the Olympics in 2036.
“And the ICC believes that Shah’s involvement could provide an important and potentially influential push in negotiations with the IOC to include cricket in the sport’s biggest global event,” the report said.
The six-team event proposal was made to ensure a more expensive Olympics is part of their Olympic agenda.
Along with cricket, eight other sports – baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, break dancing, karate, kickboxing, squash and motorsports – are competing to make the LA 28 roster.
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