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Cricket to return to the Olympics in Los Angeles and Brisbane

Cricket will make an Olympic comeback, 128 years after it was first performed on the occasion. The game has been proposed for inclusion on the 2028 Los Angeles Video games, which if accepted would make it a part of this system for Brisbane 2032.

Different sports activities on the listing are flag soccer – a smaller, non-violent model of American soccer, lacrosse, squash, baseball and softball — the latter two have featured at a number of Olympics however is not going to be performed subsequent 12 months in Paris.

Out is breakdancing, which will probably be a one-and-done after its debut in Paris subsequent 12 months. Others not making the lower embody motorsports, kickboxing and karate.

Cricket was successful on the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Video games, although it was solely performed by girls’s groups, with Australia profitable.

The format was T20 as is ready to be the case on the Olympics with each genders collaborating. The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) has been pushing the game’s case for inclusion and the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) seems to have been satisfied by the prospect of partaking with the profitable Indian tv market.

ICC chairman Greg Barclay was cautiously optimistic, two years on from the governing physique saying it might bid to have the game included on the Olympics.

“We’re delighted that LA28 have advisable cricket for inclusion within the Olympics,” he stated. “While this isn’t the ultimate resolution, it’s a very important landmark in the direction of seeing cricket on the Olympics for the primary time in additional than a century.”

Australia players celebrate winning the gold medal in the cricket final.

Australia gamers rejoice profitable the gold medal within the cricket ultimate.Credit score: PA

The proposal is anticipated to be accepted by the IOC on the finish of this week. The 141st IOC session is co-incidentally within the Indian metropolis of Mumbai, the place they will see the influence of the Cricket World Cup at shut hand.

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