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LA28 Olympic Committee Proposes Five Additional Sports For Olympic Games In 2028

by Pleasant View

Five sports have been proposed by the LA28 Organizing Committee for inclusion at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028, pending approval from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

They are baseball-softballcricketflag football (a limited-contact version of American football), lacrosse, and squash.

Following its discussion of the LA28’s proposal, the IOC’s Olympic Program Commission will issue a recommendation to the IOC Executive Board (EB). If the recommendation is accepted, the IOC EB will present the proposal to the 141st IOC Session in Mumbai, India (15-17 October).

If approved, the final event program and number of athlete quotas in the additional sports will be finalized in the future.

Of the five proposed sports, three have previously been sports contested at the Olympic Games: baseball-softball (1992–2008 and 2020), cricket (1900), and lacrosse (1904 and 1908).

Unlike its only previous appearance at the Paris 1900 Games, cricket will not be contested as a two-innings-a-side competition. Instead, the proposal foresees a limited-overs Twenty20 format for the event.

The proposed format for lacrosse is Lacrosse Sixes. Lacrosse appeared in consecutive Games in the early 20th century, with Canada winning both gold medals awarded in the sport.

Baseball-softball, meanwhile, was most recently included on the Olympic program at Tokyo 2020 in 2021, where hosts Japan won both gold medals.

“LA28’s proposed sports ignite the imagination on the field of play and drive culture off it. They’re relevant, innovative and community-based, played in backyards, schoolyards, community centers, stadiums and parks across the U.S. and the globe,” said LA28 Chairperson Casey Wasserman. “They will bring new athletes to the Games, engage diverse fanbases and expand the Games’ presence in digital spaces, further amplifying LA28’s mission to deliver an unparalleled experience.”

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