After much debate and politicking, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said that “time is right” for cricket to finally include in the 2028 Olympic games after several year since 1990. “We’ve come to the conclusion that the overall benefit to the game, in terms of globalizing and growing it, outweighs any negatives” Richardson said. Some new sports, including skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing will debut this upcoming Tokyo Olympics, while there will be a couple of returning sports as well such as baseball and karate. On the other hand, several new sports were previously added to the Olympic Games seven years in advance, and the ICC is pushing for cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Do you want to get live updates about the Olympic Games and all things sports? We have that here and more only at 12BET Sportsbook. Win extra cash now as you register an account!
MCC World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting previously mentioned that cricket could be part of the 2028 Olympics as the ICC is working towards getting the sport. “We were talking with Manu Sawhney the ICC chief exec, and he was very hopeful we can get cricket into the 2028 Olympics,” Gatting said. “That’s what they’re working towards at the moment and that would be a huge bonus for cricket worldwide, it would be fantastic.” The confirmation of the inclusion of women’s cricket in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, which is the first time the sport has been included since Kuala Lumpur in 1998, pave way to a much larger dialogue on reinserting the game to the biggest stage in sports. Some believe cricket is the second most popular sport in the world, but guess what; it is solely behind soccer and basketball. It’s meticulous and time consuming mechanism is one of the reasons why cricket couldn’t make it to a couple of week-long sporting event. You don’t want to miss the latest sports updates, odds and predictions? We hear you here at 12BET Sportsbook. Sign up now!
Cricket has been confined to its British boundaries for quite some time and the ambition to globalize it by introducing it to a larger audience, particularly in big markets such as U.S. and China, will help this sport grow and produce more interests. “We can’t go to Paris. But we have continued our talks with IOC and with LA in due course, hopefully by 2028 we will have cricket in the Olympics,” Richardson added. The deadline for submitting bids to the IOC for the inclusion of new sports at the 2024 Games is over, but hopes on making it to the 2028 event gets even more intense. After years of wondering if this game can be really big and with all the debates and discussions about its relevance to the sporting scene, a positive sign has seen at last. L.A., a city where dreams are made of is waiting for the return of cricket.
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