Cricket has been a sport at the modern Summer Olympic Games. The only time it has been played to date was at the 1900 Summer Olympics with only a men's contest, and Great Britain won the gold medal, but the possibility of it being recontested at the Olympics has recently resurfaced.
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Cricket has only once been played at the Olympics, back in 1900 in Paris, with Great Britain and hosts France the only participants. ICC can confirm its intention to push for cricket's inclusion in the @Olympics, with the 2028 Games in Los Angeles being the primary target. More details 👇. — ICC (@ICC) August 10, 2021.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has begun preparations for a bid to have cricket included in the Olympics, starting from Los Angeles 2028. The global governing body for the sport has announced the formation of a working group to lead its Olympics bid.
Olympics. The ICC has confirmed its intention to push for cricket’s inclusion in the Olympic Games going forward, starting preparations for a bid on behalf of the sport with the primary target being its addition to the Los Angeles 2028 itinerary. A Working Group to lead the bid has been assembled by the ICC. Thirty-million cricket fans live in the USA, making LA 2028 the ideal Games for cricket to make its return to Olympic competition.
As the game was already popular in two different continents since its inception, the popularization of cricket wasn’t difficult at all. Cricket was set to be an official Olympic sport back in the 1896 Athens Olympics which was the inaugural edition of the modern Olympics. Unfortunately, the event was canceled due to lack of participants.
Cricket in the Olympics was a one-off feature at the Paris 1900 Games. Played between Great Britain and France, it was billed as an Olympic event only in 1912. Two fifties and two five-wicket hauls marked the one and only cricket match played at the Olympics in 1900.
Despite being historically at odds with the option to have cricket in the Olympics, BCCI has gradually softened their opposition and are now showing openness to have cricket included in the Olympics. As recently as 2020, BCCI have backed ICC’s proposal to have cricket included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
Cricket is one of the world’s most popular sports, but despite this, it still hasn’t found a place in the Olympics. Once in 1900, it did feature in the Olympics, but it has failed to make an impact, and it hasn’t been part of the quadrennial event since. Cricket was featured as an event in the 1900 Paris Olympics.
There was a belief that this AGM would feature discussion on the bid to get cricket into the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics but nothing ensued in an anti-climax of a conference. But the ICC’s Olympic ...