The ICC has confirmed that cricket will be part of the sports programme of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028 (LA28). Cricket’s addition was formally ratified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today at the 141st IOC Session in Mumbai, following LA28’s recommendation as well. Meanwhile, the inclusion of cricket in the Olympics concludes a two-year process as well which is going to be added for the first time since 1900 where it will be a great stage for athletes, fans, partners and the local community.
The Olympic Games is likely to have an audience of more than 3 billion viewers across TV and digital platforms, giving a unique opportunity for cricket to engage new audiences as well which can boost the sport’s reach around the globe.
Reflecting on the news, ICC Chairman Greg Barclay said, “We are thrilled that cricket’s inclusion in the LA28 Olympic Games has been confirmed by the IOC Session today. To have the opportunity to showcase our great sport at the LA28 Games and hopefully, many Olympic Games to come will be great for players and fans alike.
“I’d like to thank the International Olympic Committee and LA28 for their support and for their trust in our organization’s ability to deliver a world-class event and countless new Olympic fans from all over the world. The fact that the IOC confirmation of our selection occurred here in Mumbai, during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, is truly icing on the cake. The innings has just begun, and we can’t wait to see where this incredible journey leads,” Greg Barclay again shared.
Mithali Raj, former India captain and leading run scorer of all time in women’s cricket said: “It is so exciting that cricket is now an Olympic sport and will make its return at LA28. Players will get the chance to compete for an Olympic gold medal and be part of the games which will be so special. It’s also a chance for more fans around the world to enjoy our fantastic sport.”