Cricket's Olympic Inclusion: A Global Boost for the Sport

Cricket’s Olympic Inclusion: A Global Boost for the Sport

Cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics has been hailed as a significant step for the sport, which has long been confined to the Commonwealth nations. Andy Anson, chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and president of the Lancashire Cricket Club, believes it was the right decision.

Anson, speaking at a panel discussion in Bengaluru, India, emphasized the global reach of cricket and its commercial appeal. He noted that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized the sport’s potential to attract a large audience and generate revenue.

For cricket, joining the Olympic movement is seen as a major boost. India, a cricket powerhouse, has expressed interest in hosting the 2036 Olympics, which could further elevate the sport’s status. Anson believes India would be an ideal host, given its diverse population and untapped market.

However, hosting the Olympics requires significant planning and investment. Deepthi Bopaiah, CEO of GoSports Foundation, stressed the need for long-term development of talent and infrastructure. She emphasized the importance of investing in youth programs and creating pathways for success.

Anson pointed to the success of the British Olympic team, which won more medals across more sports than any other country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He attributed this to the funding provided by the National Lottery, which was established in 1994.

The inclusion of cricket in the Olympics is expected to have a positive impact on the sport’s development worldwide. It will provide a global platform for cricketers to showcase their skills and inspire future generations.