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Team Sports Added to 2028 Olympics


In one of the biggest pieces of news in team sports in quite a while, this week the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially approved baseball/softball, cricket (T20), flag football, lacrosse (Sixes) and squash for inclusion in the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

The LA28 Organizing Committee recommended the sports last week, and the IOC executive board put them up for a full vote after reviewing and approving them.

“The choice of these five new sports is in line with the American sports culture and will showcase iconic American sports to the world while bringing international sports to the United States,” IOC president Thomas Bach said. “Their inclusion will allow the Olympic Movement to engage with new athlete and fan communities in the U.S. and globally.”

Baseball/softball, cricket, and lacrosse return to the Games after most recently being medal sports at Tokyo 2020, Paris 1900, and London 1908, respectively.

Flag football and squash will be making their Olympic debuts.

LA chairman Casey Wasserman said the new sports are “relevant, innovative and community-based, played in backyards, schoolyards, community centers, stadiums and parks across the U.S. and the globe.”

Not included in the LA program is breakdancing, which will be a one-and-done after its debut in Paris next year. Others not making the cut: motorsports, kickboxing and karate.

Unclear is whether other sports will have to trim the number of disciplines to help the IOC adhere to the limit it set of 10,500 athletes at a Summer Olympics. The addition of five team sports will inflate the number of participants.