Cricket might be included in the LA Summer Olympics in 2028, which would be a historic development and symbolise the sport’s possible return to the Olympics after a 128-year absence. The BCCI and ICC are actively campaigning for cricket to be approved as an Olympic sport.
The 141st International Olympic Committee Session will be taking place from October 15 to October 17 in Mumbai, and it is believed that an important choice regarding cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics will be announced around that time. In order to make their decision, the IOC Executive Board will meet from October 12 to October 14 in the days before the session.
A source closely monitoring the situation revealed, “If cricket is granted a spot in the 2028 Games, an official announcement will be made during the IOC Session in Mumbai. The final ratification of this decision will take place during the meeting.”
The ICC indicates a six-team tournament for men and women adopting the well-liked T20 format to guarantee a smooth transition. This decision supports the IOC’s objective of limiting participation to 10,500 athletes.
It has been speculated for years that cricket will return to the Olympics. With millions of supporters throughout the Indian subcontinent, cricket is a highly desirable addition to the Olympic program.
Cricket’s inclusion in the LA Olympics 2028 has great financial benefits
Cricket’s potential inclusion in the 2028 Olympics might have a big financial impact. According to experts, cricket’s media rights revenue may triple if it competes in the summer games. This strengthens cricket’s position along with Brisbane’s possible hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympics and India’s 2036 Games nomination.
Underpinning the campaign for cricket’s Olympic status is the unwavering support of the BCCI. Jay Shah, the Secretary of the Board, is an integral member of the ICC’s Olympics working group, underscoring the BCCI’s commitment to the cause.
Until recently, it appeared doubtful that cricket would be included in the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, with the 2032 Summer Olympics in Brisbane looked at to be a more likely possibility. However, Jay Shah’s involvement and the BCCI’s support restored attempts to make sure cricket’s inclusion in the renowned athletic event.