The wait for cricket’s biggest sporting global event to return will get longer after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rejected the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) bid.
As a result, the sport will not mark its appearance at the 2028 Olympics, which are scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, the IOC informed the ICC of its decision.
Only two countries participated in cricket at the 1900 Paris Games, which marked the sport’s first and last Olympic appearance. Great Britain competed against hosts France, but Great Britain won by 158 runs to take home the gold medal.
The T20 format of the sport was recently played at the 2022 Commonwealth Games among eight countries in the women’s category. Australia Won the gold by defeating India in the championship match.
ICC is hopeful that cricket will be added to the Olympics after its success. However, to be included in the biggest athletic event, both the men’s and women’s categories have to play a game.
The 2028 Los Angeles Olympics will have a total of 28 sporting events, it was confirmed in February 2022. In August 2022, it was revealed that the IOC was reviewing cricket along with eight other sports.
ICC plans to form a new Olympic committee to promote cricket’s 2032 bid:
The ICC will form a new Olympic Committee now that the possibility of the sport featuring in the 2028 Olympics has been ruled out.
Jai Shah, who is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is said to take the lead going forward.
According to IOC regulations, a sport must meet a number of requirements to qualify for the Olympics, including prioritizing cost and complexity reduction, involving the best athletes and prioritizing safety and health, global appeal, interest of the host country, gender equality, youth relevance, clean sport. Maintaining integrity and fairness to support and long-term sustainability.