The International Olympic Committee adds five sports to the 2028 Olympic Games in LA
Twenty20 cricket will feature as one of five new sports at the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, following a vote of the International Olympic Committee
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Cricket will feature as one of five new sports at the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
The International Olympic Committee* (IOC) approved a push by LA organisers for cricket’s Twenty20 format, together with baseball/softball, flag football, squash, and lacrosse, to be included.
Games organisers have proposed a six-team event for both men’s and women’s Twenty20 cricket, which is the shortest format of the game.
The United States will field sides as the host nation, but no firm decision has been made on the number of teams, or whether Australia will qualify.
It’s been more than 100 years since cricket last featured in the 1900 Paris Games, when a team from Britain defeated a side representing France to win Olympic glory.
Adding cricket to the 2028 Olympic program is a clever move because it will tap into the enormous popularity of the sport in the South Asian market, attracting fans in countries such as India and Pakistan.
It’s also gaining new fans in the US after Major League Cricket, a professional Twenty20 league, was launched in July, and America next year will co-host the men’s Twenty20 World Cup together with the West Indies.
“It’s a win-win situation,” International Cricket Council chairman Greg Barclay said of cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Games.
“We’ve got a global sport, what I think is the fastest-growing global sport, but getting onto the biggest sporting stage in the world, the Olympics, is a massive shot in the arm* for the game,” he said.
IOC president Thomas Bach said the five new sports would “showcase iconic* American sports to the world, while bringing international sports to the United States”.
Among the newly included US sports is flag football – a limited-contact form of American football.
Pierre Trochet, president of the International Federation of American Football, said it would “offer an exciting new dimension to the Games – uniting them, for the first time in history, with America’s number-one sport”.
Squash finally made it onto an Olympic program after several failed attempts.
Zena Wooldridge, president of the World Squash Federation, said the racquet sport is an “amazingly dynamic*, diverse* and demanding sport that is perfectly suited for the Olympic Games”.
DECIDING ON THE SPORTS
Since the first Olympic Games in 1896 in which nine sports were contested, there have been regular changes in the number and types of sports.
There are five that have been on every Olympic program — athletics, cycling, fencing*, gymnastics, and swimming — while others have come and gone, and sometimes come back again.
The IOC has worked hard in the past decade to include sports to increase interest in the Games.
Breakdancing was added for Paris 2024, pushing out karate and baseball/softball but it will disappear again in LA, allowing baseball and softball to return.
Australia’s world champion athletes, such as surfing champion Layne Beachley (who was this week elevated to a Legend in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame*) have paved the way for less mainstream* sports to be added.
They include BMX (added in 2008), surfing, and skateboarding (2020) while rugby7s and golf were added in 2016 and taekwondo and tennis were included for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
The IOC has a limit of 10,500 athletes at any Games to help control costs. But the addition of five new sports for LA – four of them team events – is expected to see that number rise for the 2028 Games.
- International Olympic Committee: a body regarded as the guardian of the Olympic Games
- shot in the arm: giving something a boost
- iconic: celebrated
- dynamic: full of energy
- diverse: showing variety or differences
- fencing: a sport fighting with swords
- Sport Australia Hall of Fame: a body to recognise the achievements of Australian sportsmen and sportswomen
- mainstream: ideas, attitudes, or activities that are shared by most people and regarded as normal
1. Name the five new sports added for the 2028 LA Games.
2. Which energetic sport will be dropped after the 2024 Olympics?
3. Why is adding cricket a clever move?
4. Which format of cricket will be played?
5. Which five sports have been included in all Games since 1896?
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1. Olympic Sports
There are 32 sports set to feature in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games with 5 new sports to be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games as mentioned in the Kids News article.
Work with a partner and think of 2 sports you’d like to see added to the Olympic program and 2 sports you’d take away in their place.
You need to give your reasons for each addition and subtraction.
Sports to be added (with reason):
Sports to be deleted (with reason):
Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, History, Health and Physical education, Personal and social, Critical and creative thinking.
The International Cricket Council chairman states in the article that having Twenty20 cricket added to the Olympics is “a massive shot in the arm for the game”. What does he mean by this statement?
Time: allow 10 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Health and Physical education, Critical and creative thinking.
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A headline on an article – or a title on your text – should capture the attention of the audience, telling them to read this now. So choosing the perfect words for a headline or title is very important.
Create three new headlines for the events that took place in this article. Remember, what you write and how you write it will set the pace for the whole text, so make sure it matches.
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