These are baseball, softball, cricket, flag football (a limited-contact version of American football), lacrosse, and squash: they will be discussed at the IOC session in Mumbai, India.
The LA28 organizing committee has proposed five new sports for inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games, pending approval by the International Olympic Committee. The sports involved are baseball, softball, cricket, flag football (a limited-contact version of American football), lacrosse, and squash. The LA28 proposal now goes to the IOC’s Olympic Program Committee, which will discuss it and make a recommendation to the IOC’s Executive Board (EB). If the recommendation is accepted, the IOC Executive Board will present the proposal at the 141st session of the IOC in Mumbai, India (15-17 October).
If approved, the final event schedule and the number of athlete quotas in additional sports will be finalized in the future. Of the five proposed sports, three have previously been competed in the Olympic Games: baseball and softball (1992-2008 and 2020), cricket (1900), and lacrosse (1904 and 1908). Unlike their only previous appearance at the Paris Games in 1900, cricket will not be played in two innings per side. The proposal instead calls for a Twenty20 format for the event with a limited number of overs. The proposed format of lacrosse is Lacrosse Sixes. Lacrosse appeared in successive editions of the Games in the early 1900s, with Canada winning both gold medals awarded in the sport. However, baseball and softball were recently included in the Olympic program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where host nation Japan won both gold medals. “LA28’s sports games ignite imagination on the field and foster culture off it. They are relevant, innovative, and community-based, played in backyards, schoolyards, community centers, playgrounds, and parks across the U.S. and the world,” said LA28 President Casey Wasserman. : “They will bring new athletes to the Games, engage diverse fans and expand the Games’ presence in digital spaces, further amplifying LA28’s mission to deliver an unparalleled experience.
The five proposed sports will join 28 Olympic sports in the initial LA28 sports program announced by the IOC in February 2022, including water sports, shooting, athletics, badminton, basketball, rowing, cycling, equestrian, fencing and football. , golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, skiing, climbing, surfing, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling.
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