Cricket has been approved for inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), making its return to the Olympic stage after 128 years. The recommendation to include cricket was made by the organizers of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics, and the final decision will be made at the IOC Session during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. This historic move brings cricket back to the Olympics after it made its debut in the 1900 Paris Games.

IOC President announced the approval

IOC President Thomas Bach announced this approval after chairing an Executive Board meeting in Mumbai. The Executive Board discussed the proposal made by the Los Angeles Committee, which recommended cricket among five other sports for inclusion in the 2028 Olympics.

“Los Angeles Committee proposed five games which can be the part of Los Angeles Olympics – which include Cricket. EB (Executive Board) will take up the matter in tomorrow’s meeting,” said Kit McConnell, Sports Director.

“After a two-year process, in which ICC worked closely with LA28, the list of sports to be added in LA included cricket, which will now be put forward for approval to the International Olympic Committee (IOC),” the statement added.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) had announced its proposal to include cricket in the Summer Olympics, following a two-year process of working closely with LA28, the organizing committee for the Los Angeles Olympics.

While the inclusion of cricket in the 2028 Olympics is a significant step, the final decision will be made at the IOC Session, which will take place in India during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. This marks a crucial moment in the quest to see cricket return to the Olympics after more than a century.

The announcement also brings excitement for cricket fans, as they look forward to witnessing their favorite sport at the Olympic Games, potentially opening up new avenues for the growth of cricket on a global scale.

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