Cricket and Flag Football Included in 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games

         

Summary: The International Olympic Committee has added cricket and flag football to the lineup of sports for the 2028 Los Angeles Games. Baseball-softball, lacrosse, and squash have also been confirmed. The decision to include cricket, which hasn’t been an Olympic sport since 1900, was made during the sport’s World Cup in India. The addition of these sports is expected to boost India’s broadcasting rights for the Olympics. The inclusion of flag football and baseball-softball opens up the possibility of NFL and MLB players participating in the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee has announced the addition of five new sports to the program for the 2028 Los Angeles Games. Cricket is making a return to the Olympics for the first time since 1900, with the decision being made during the sport’s World Cup in India. This move is expected to significantly increase the value of India’s broadcasting rights for the Olympics. The cricket tournaments will feature six teams each, playing the Twenty20 format.

Flag football has also been included for the first time, giving the sport an opportunity to showcase NFL players on the Olympic stage in five years’ time. The NFL has expressed its commitment to strengthen flag football’s position in the Olympic movement. Baseball-softball, lacrosse, and squash complete the lineup of new sports for the 2028 Games.

The inclusion of lacrosse is significant, as it is considered the first game played by native people on the American continent. Lacrosse has been played twice at the Olympics, but not since 1908. In the Los Angeles Games, lacrosse will be played in a six-a-side format. Squash, on the other hand, will make its Olympic debut, after facing multiple previous rejections for Olympic status.

While these five sports have been welcomed into the Olympic program, breakdance will not be returning after its debut in the Paris Olympics next year. The decision to include these sports emphasizes the importance of team sports in American culture and their connection to professional leagues and tours. However, concerns were raised by two African IOC members about the limited presence of these sports on the continent.

The issue of immigration to the United States was also raised, with Los Angeles officials assuring that athletes from all nationalities would be allowed to participate in the Games. Los Angeles chairman Casey Wasserman stated that the country is committed to making the Games accessible to every athlete. In his opening speech, Wasserman addressed the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Israel, expressing solidarity with the affected regions and advocating for unity and respect during the Games.

In a separate vote, weightlifting and modern pentathlon were confirmed to retain their spots in the Olympics. Weightlifting had faced scrutiny due to doping issues, while modern pentathlon made changes by replacing horse jumping with obstacle course racing. Boxing, however, is currently without a recognized governing body by the IOC, but it is still ensured a spot in the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Tags: Cricket, Flag Football, Olympic Games, Los Angeles, Baseball-Softball, Lacrosse, Squash, Team Sports, Immigration, Unity

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