Cricket On Olympics’ Calendar Soon

Cricket has taken a major stride towards potential inclusion in the Olympics after Games chiefs on Thursday voted to recognise the governing International Cricket Council (ICC).

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), meeting in Vancouver, also said it would recognise the federations of sport climbing and power boating.

“They are recognised federations by us, which now means that they can take part in IOC events,” said IOC director of communications Mark Adams, adding it could be seen as a first step towards becoming Olympic sports. Cricket was granted the status of a “recognised” Olympic sport in 2007, for sports not in the Olympic programme but which confirm to certain criteria such as universality, for a two-year period, pending a decision on making the move permanent.  In reaction to the decision ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, said, “The ICC is extremely proud of the recognition given to our great sport by the IOC which we always considered to be our first step in becoming a part of the Olympic family.

“At this stage no consideration or decision has been made regarding participation or applying for approval to participate in the Olympic Games.”

Cricket was part of the 1900 Olympics in Paris and has not appeared since, but it is set to feature at this year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, and has been in the Commonwealth Games as recently as 1998. Recent additions to the Olympic sports roster include golf and rugby sevens.

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