Published: Mon, April 03, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

LA, Paris head to 2024 Olympics event unsure of IOC's goal

LA, Paris head to 2024 Olympics event unsure of IOC's goal

The IOC however, have decreed that only the best global players must be involved if cricket is to be included as an Olympic sport.

"The diverse group of 117 leaders and innovators are drawn from the sports, entertainment, media, technology, higher education, business, philanthropic and public sectors in California and around the world, helping LA 2024 develop a Games plan that will serve the Olympic Movement in 2024 and beyond", LA 2024 said in a statement, according to NBC Sports.

Thursday praised bids for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games from both Los Angeles and Paris and lauded their adherence to Agenda 2020 reforms on sustainability and cost-cutting. "I think we have come to the conclusion the overall benefit to globalise it (cricket) and grow the game will outweigh any negatives".

The question of cricket's inclusion at the Olympics has always been fraught with difficulties but, speaking at the SportPro conference in London, Richardson reportedly gave his backing to the move, which would likely take the form of a T20 tournament featuring six to eight teams.

"T20 is the ideal format and we'd say even better than rugby sevens as it's actually one of the mainstream formats of cricket", he added.

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Richardson said a Twenty20 event among six to eight teams was the most likely format for the Olympics, and suggested that it would help expand the sport whether the 2024 Games are held in Los Angeles or Paris. It must be a format played at worldwide level and it must be our top players.

With growing concerns about the cost of staging the Games, the International Olympic Committee has been reluctant to go much beyond 11,000 athletes at an Olympics, although it did add five new sports to the programme for Tokyo 2020 without removing any.

"I think a majority of the (ICC) members and certainly myself think the time is right", Richardson said at the SportsPro Live conference in London. "Neither LA or Paris would be a disaster for us, in fact both would be opportunistic, especially the United States option". "It could be a problem for England, who for instance wouldn't want to send their best players during an Ashes series and they have raised that concern in the past". "So there will be issues and England in the past have said, 'Are we sure we want to go down this route?" Britain represents England and the other home nations at the Olympics, while Jamaica and other Caribbean nations compete individually.

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