The International Cricket Council (ICC) is jubilant following the official confirmation that cricket will be a part of the sports program for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, referred to as LA28. The momentous decision came as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) formally ratified it during the 141st IOC Session held in Mumbai, building upon the recommendation put forth by LA28 just last week.
The long-anticipated inclusion of cricket in the Olympics marks a significant milestone, as the sport returns to the global sporting event for the first time since the year 1900. This achievement is the culmination of a rigorous two-year process in which the ICC meticulously crafted an enticing proposal aligning with the Olympic values and LA28’s commitment to delivering an unparalleled experience for athletes, enthusiasts, partners, and the local community.
With the Olympic Games estimated to draw an audience of over 3 billion viewers worldwide, spanning both television and digital platforms, this presents a unique and thrilling opportunity for cricket to captivate fresh audiences and expand its global footprint. It opens doors to a new generation of cricket enthusiasts.
Commenting on this momentous news, ICC Chairman Greg Barclay expressed his elation, saying, “We are absolutely thrilled by the IOC Session’s official confirmation of cricket’s inclusion in the LA28 Olympic Games. Showcasing our beloved sport at LA28, and hopefully at many more Olympic Games to come, promises an exhilarating experience for both players and fans alike. I’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the International Olympic Committee and LA28 for their unwavering support and trust in our organization’s capability to deliver a world-class event and attract countless new Olympic fans from all corners of the globe. The fact that this confirmation coincided with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, right here in Mumbai, is truly the icing on the cake. This is just the beginning of our journey, and we can hardly contain our excitement for the limitless possibilities that lie ahead.”
Mithali Raj, former captain of the Indian national cricket team and the all-time leading female run-scorer in the sport, echoed the sentiments, saying, “The inclusion of cricket in the Olympic Games is a thrilling development, and its return at LA28 is truly a momentous occasion. Players will now have the golden opportunity to compete for an Olympic gold medal and be an integral part of an event that is set to be truly exceptional. Additionally, this marks a fantastic opportunity for fans all around the world to savor the joys of our incredible sport.”