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Cricket & Emerging Olympic Sports: A Global Sporting Shift.



  Oct 20, 2023

Cricket and New Sports in Olympics



Adding Sports to the Olympic Games

How has the Olympic Games evolved in terms of participants since its reestablishment in Athens in 1896?

The Olympic Games have grown significantly, expanding from 241 competitors at the outset to over 10,000 participants today.

What is the process for a sport to become part of the Olympic program?

The first step is recognition as a sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It requires the sport to be governed by an international non-governmental organization overseeing at least one sport.

What is the next stage after IOC recognition?

The sport moves to International Sports Federation (IF) status. The international organization managing the sport must adhere to the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code and uphold Olympic Charter rules.

Does IOC recognition guarantee inclusion in the Olympic Games?

No, IOC recognition alone doesn't make a sport part of the Games. The sport's IF must apply for admission by specifying eligibility criteria. The IOC can admit it as a sport, discipline (branch of a sport), or event (competition within a discipline).

What are the requirements for a sport to be accepted into the Olympic Games?

The sport must be widely practiced by men in at least 75 countries and on four continents and by women in no fewer than 40 countries and on three continents. It should enhance the value and appeal of the Olympic Games while preserving modern traditions.

Are there any restrictions on what types of sports can be included?

Yes, certain restrictions apply, such as bans on purely "mind sports" and sports relying on mechanical propulsion. These rules have excluded sports like chess and automobile racing from the Olympics.

Exploring the Path to Olympic Inclusion!

New Sports in the 2028 Summer Olympics

Which sports have been added to the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles?

Five sports have been officially included: baseball/softball, cricket (T20), flag football, lacrosse (sixes), and squash.

Are these sports making their debut at the Olympics?

No, three of them are returning: baseball/softball, cricket, and lacrosse. Flag football and squash are making their Olympic debut in 2028.

When was the last time baseball/softball was played at the Olympics?

Baseball/softball was last played at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

When were cricket and lacrosse last part of the Olympics?

Cricket and lacrosse were played in the 1900s as Olympic sports.

Where was the decision to include these sports made?

The decision to include these sports in the 2028 Olympics was made during the International Olympic Committee's 141st session held in Mumbai, India. The Exciting Expansion of Olympic Sports in LA28!

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