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Cricket returns to the Olympics after a century-long hiatus

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squash is featured in the Los Angeles 2028 programme

The LA 2028 programme added lacrosse, flag football, baseball/softball, and squash.

Cricket will return to the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028 following a century-long hiatus, while squash will make its Olympic debut in five years. Both sports’ inclusion in the Los Angeles Olympics was finalised following a decision at the 141st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Mumbai.

Cricket and squash have been added to the LA 2028 programme, along with lacrosse, flag football, and baseball/softball. It should be emphasised that the addition of the sports was not unanimous, as two IOC members voted against it.

Cricket was recommended for inclusion in the 2028 Summer Olympics by the IOC Executive Board on Friday.

According to The news sources, the sport would be a six-team T20 tournament, with the United States expected to receive a direct berth as hosts. This would leave only five seats available for other teams from across the world to compete for. The qualification process will be published at a later date, according to the IOC.

Cricket was last played at the Olympics in Paris in 1900, when only two teams competed: France and Great Britain. Both teams fielded 12 players for the two-day Test match. While the match was never elevated to the level of a first-class match, Great Britain triumphed.

Earlier this week, IOC President Thomas Bach told a small group of media that he was a “fan” of the T20 format.

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