Rome: The country contending to host the Olympic games for 2024, has insisted on including Cricket in the mega event if it wins the bid. Earlier reports suggested that the ICC, though keen to see cricket in the Olympics, wanted the International Olympic Committee to take the sport in as part of the games and not let it be decided by the host city.
That way the ICC had chances of making higher revenue along with the guarantee that cricket will be part of at least two Olympics. But with any host city deciding to add cricket would require ‘the selection of a location that already has cricket as part of its culture, with the chance that it could then be dropped again after only one Olympics,’ said the report.
As part of the new Olympic bidding regulations, host cities will get to nominate five sports to be added to the games, based on their preference. Tokyo, for the 2020 games, picked karate, softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, surfing and baseball/softball.