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    Cricket possible in 2024 Olympics if Rome wins hosting bid

    Cricket will be included in the 2024 Olympics if Rome wins their bid to host the games, the president of the Italian board has said.

    Rome is one of the cities bidding to host the Olympics in 2024 - alongside Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest - and, under new regulations, will have the opportunity to add five sports to the games as they see fit. France Cricket is attempting to win a similar commitment with the Paris organising committee.

    "If Rome hosts the Olympics, cricket will be included," Simone Gambino, president of the Federazione Cricket Italiana (FCI) told ESPNcricinfo. "We have had a firm commitment from the organising committee."

    It is likely that, if Rome does host the games, cricket would be held in Bologna. The city hosted World Cricket League Division Four matches in 2010 and though the availability of turf pitches may be an issue, there would be time to overcome that should the bid be successful.

    Which nations would be involved remains open to debate. There would probably be a maximum of 16 teams invited to take part, though there is a possibility of just 12, with Olympic regulations suggesting they will be spread across the globe.

    So, if only 12 teams were included, three might come from Europe, three from Asia, two from Africa, two or three from America and the Caribbean and two or three from the South Pacific area. It could well be that some well-known cricket nations - notably England, who are part of the UK in Olympic terms - miss out.

    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/sport/cr...ns-hosting-bid
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    Great for development and expansion of Cricket into countries like China and Russia.

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    Unfortunately, Toronto lost to Rio, otherwise it could have been as early as 2016.

    I think, at this point Paris is favorite for 2024 as its their centennial of 1924 Olympics. Toronto might host the 2028 games, when cricket should definitely be a medal event for both men & women.

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    Don't think Rome will win hosting bid.


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    Will be great if it happens. Sports are generally more funded by the government when they become olympic sports.


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    Does Italy even have the money for such an extravagant waste as the olympics?


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    If this ever gets the go ahead it would be interesting to see if the ECB and Cricket Scotland could come to any agreement over getting a team in. All the northern irish would presumably play for Ireland given their national team as it is are an all-ireland team anyway.

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    T20 is perfect for an Olympic sport. And a perfectly easy way to promote the game all over the world. I don't see why there would be any resistance to it from a cricketing point of view.



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    I really hope cricket is introduced in the olympics

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    Cricket will be part of Olympics when it comes to India


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    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    Does Italy even have the money for such an extravagant waste as the olympics?
    Exactly.

    Youth unemployment at 45% and government debt (as a ratio to gdp) second only in the region to the basket case that is Greece yet their government want to waste billions on a vanity project like the Olympics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    If this ever gets the go ahead it would be interesting to see if the ECB and Cricket Scotland could come to any agreement over getting a team in. All the northern irish would presumably play for Ireland given their national team as it is are an all-ireland team anyway.
    By 2024 they might not need to come to an agreement


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    And who taught him to bat? Chris Martin? Is he the Australian equivalent of ....wait, I'm struggling to think of another useless player of his calibre.

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    If cricket were to be introduced into the Olympics, the live audience would be as low as the live audience for a test match in Dubai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellipsism View Post
    If cricket were to be introduced into the Olympics, the live audience would be as low as the live audience for a test match in Dubai.
    Dunno. It's a lot more popular than softball or field hockey or 90% of olympic sports


    Quote Originally Posted by Saqs on Steve Smith
    And who taught him to bat? Chris Martin? Is he the Australian equivalent of ....wait, I'm struggling to think of another useless player of his calibre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman_DB View Post
    Cricket will be part of Olympics when it comes to India
    When will that be? And how can you be so certain of that?

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    Hope cricket does get in the Olympics. Could lift the interest in the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellipsism View Post
    If cricket were to be introduced into the Olympics, the live audience would be as low as the live audience for a test match in Dubai.
    You mean an Indo-Pak T20 match in the Olympics will be played in front of 20 odd people?

    Even if the Olympics are being held in a country like England, Australia?

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    Cricket is the 2nd most popular team sport in the world LOL ahead of Basketball and Rugby

    Behind football without question. It shouldn't be too hard to get some crowd given that the stadium where the matches are played in has facilities for others sports as well, though don't see that happening as cricket needs a seperate arena altogether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Executioner View Post
    Cricket is the 2nd most popular team sport in the world LOL ahead of Basketball and Rugby

    Behind football without question. It shouldn't be too hard to get some crowd given that the stadium where the matches are played in has facilities for others sports as well, though don't see that happening as cricket needs a seperate arena altogether.
    Not sure what other sports you're going to be using a cricket ground for in the Olympics (if cricket is being played there that is, Lords obviously hosted archery in 2012).

    Edit : Oh wait, maybe that's what you were saying .
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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    Not sure what other sports you're going to be using a cricket ground for in the Olympics (if cricket is being played there that is, Lords obviously hosted archery in 2012).

    Edit : Oh wait, maybe that's what you were saying .
    They build a ground like they do for every other Olympic sport and use a drop in.

    Then search Melbourne and Sydney for grade cricket players with Italian grandmothers.


    Quote Originally Posted by Saqs on Steve Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Unfortunately, Toronto lost to Rio, otherwise it could have been as early as 2016.

    I think, at this point Paris is favorite for 2024 as its their centennial of 1924 Olympics. Toronto might host the 2028 games, when cricket should definitely be a medal event for both men & women.
    I hope Toronto does not host a world event ever again (or until I move back to Pak). The Panam games brought the city to a grinding halt.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    Not sure what other sports you're going to be using a cricket ground for in the Olympics (if cricket is being played there that is, Lords obviously hosted archery in 2012).

    Edit : Oh wait, maybe that's what you were saying .


    they could even have a race track of sort surrounding the boundaries, great use of resources don't ya think? (Or maybe I am just being delusional). Anyways, I want to see cricket in olympics, no matter what

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    Biggest issue that come to mind is how will West Indies compete because in the Olympics all the Caribbean islands participate independently. Also England/Wales/N.Ireland/Scotland participate together as GB so that will be another issue.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Biggest issue that come to mind is how will West Indies compete because in the Olympics all the Caribbean islands participate independently. Also England/Wales/N.Ireland/Scotland participate together as GB so that will be another issue.
    Nobody from N.Ireland or Scotland would make the English team anyway

    Plus anyone born in N.Ireland is eligible for a Republic of Ireland passport from birth


    Quote Originally Posted by Saqs on Steve Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    When will that be? And how can you be so certain of that?
    means it will never be


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    Cricket at Olympics is no brainier..when rubbish games like handball softball waterpolo rowing can be there than obviously the 2nd most popular sports after football should be there

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    Even Golf is an Olympic sport now, what a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dman View Post
    Even Golf is an Olympic sport now, what a joke.
    lol golf makes way more revenue than cricket over a calendar year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    Does Italy even have the money for such an extravagant waste as the olympics?
    Of course. Northern Italy (including Rome) is one of the most developed regions in the world. Italy gets a bad rep due to southern Italy which is Greece-level.


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    Every now and then i read how posters say yes cricket should be added to the olympics, but seriously, whats the point?

    You have the world cup
    Champions trophy
    World t20
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    World wide franchise tournaments
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    Soo many tournaments exists. Plus cricket is played internationally.

    Most of the team sports that feature in the olympics are those sports which are played in domestic leagues with only a few tournaments played with no series.

    If you bring in cricket, then it will be a useless tournament.

    Even if cricket needs to be added to the olympics, then add test cricket. Only the top 6 test teams compete, with top three getting medals and the ranking being adjusted accordingly with the mace and medal going to the winner

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    To be honest, im all up for a hong kong sixes tournament in the olympics. 5 overs game, top test teams sent in their best players. I think the associates could also send in their top hitters aswell.

    30-40 teams, 5 day tournament. This way the field would be balance and it would be fun. Everyone gets a chance at gold and no need for a big ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    To be honest, im all up for a hong kong sixes tournament in the olympics. 5 overs game, top test teams sent in their best players. I think the associates could also send in their top hitters aswell.

    30-40 teams, 5 day tournament. This way the field would be balance and it would be fun. Everyone gets a chance at gold and no need for a big ground.
    Or we could just have a T20 World Cup


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Or we could just have a T20 World Cup
    That would be the most ridiculous idea.

    Host countries make huge sums of money from world t20 events.

    Giving hosting rights for a world cup to countries like italy, brazil, china would be a joke, they cant get the revenue that should be going in the test nation pockets.

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    Women’s World Cup success moves cricket closer to Olympic return in 2024

    The success of the Women’s World Cup won by England on Sunday and watched by millions around the globe has propelled cricket closer to a return to the Olympic Games in 2024. The International Cricket Council is determined to capitalise on recent advances in the women’s game and push on with a bid for Twenty20 competitions, for both genders, to be included. Agreement with the Games is considered closer than ever.

    After the World Cup, the ICC recognises how cricket featuring in the Olympics would give the women’s game even greater profile and open up new funding from national governments. There is stronger support for the concept among the ICC’s 104 members than ever before, recognising the opportunity that the Olympics presents.

    T20 would be the format played, with no appetite among either the ICC or International Olympic Committee for a different concept, such as six-a-side cricket. At this stage it is most likely that, after regional qualification to determine the participating teams, both the men’s and women’s events would feature eight nations, competing in two groups of four with the top two in each advancing to the semi-finals.

    It is understood that the IOC has suggested that sports included in the 2024 Games will also feature in 2028, making it more urgent for the ICC to commit decisively to the concept once and for all.

    The French Olympic Committee is understood to be sympathetic to calls from France Cricket for cricket to feature in the next Paris Games – as it did in the Paris Games of 1900, cricket’s only appearance in the Olympics. Paris is expected to host the 2024 Games, with the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

    The host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Games will be announced on 13 September. A final decision on the sports selected in 2024 is expected by early 2018.

    Perhaps most significant for cricket’s chances are recent signs that attitudes from the Board of Control for Cricket in India to the Olympics are changing. A special general meeting of the BCCI, to be held on Wednesday, is expected to discuss whether to support joining the Games, which India has long staunchly opposed. However, recent changes in personnel in the board have removed some of the most ardent opponents of the concept, and relations between the BCCI and the Indian Olympic Association have improved.

    More importantly, the BCCI is increasingly recognising the potential of the women’s game. Before Sunday’s final defeat to England, all squad members received a bonus of 50 lakh rupees (£59,500) – more than three times the annual salaries previously received by top women’s players – and the board is keen to be more supportive. While India’s men are in little need of the extra profile that the Olympics would provide, inclusion would be a huge boon for India’s women.

    Additionally, India’s government has begun discussing whether to make a bid for the 2032 Olympics. There would be an obvious attraction in the inclusion of cricket, for its popularity and the realistic prospect of India winning two gold medals. For the IOC, meanwhile, cricket could improve TV audiences for the Games in subcontinental Asia, which have historically been underwhelming compared to other regions.

    Rejoining the Olympic Games has long been advocated by the ICC’s Associate members, but resisted by some of the wealthiest boards – notably England and India. England have changed their approach in recent years, leaving only India among the 104 ICC members in opposition. If the BCCI do now announce their support, there appears to be no other major obstacle to cricket’s inclusion.

    The ICC has been particularly struck by the Olympics’ impact on rugby, which returned to the Games in 2016. Since rugby’s return was confirmed in 2009, the sport has been included on school curriculums in countries including Brazil, China and the USA. The effect has been particularly significant for the women’s game: participation in women’s rugby has risen by 200,000 to 2.2m since 2009. The ICC has long felt that cricket’s best opportunity of growing in China is through the women’s team – who are ranked significantly higher than the men’s side – performing well in the Olympic Games, or the qualifying tournament for it.

    Extra funding for Associate nations would be another benefit. In Germany, who currently receive around £150,000 a year from the ICC, cricket would receive £750,000 a year simply by dint of being an Olympic sport. Since rugby’s return to the Olympics, at least £25m has been invested in the sport by national Olympic committees, in addition to extra funding by local governments and sponsors.

    Cricket’s inclusion in the Games would bring complications, but none are considered insurmountable. Participating teams would be different to international cricket – West Indies would compete as their constituent nations, while Great Britain would play instead of England and Scotland individually.

    Johnny Grave, the West Indies CEO, said: “We are supportive of cricket joining the Olympics. We see it as a crucial step in growing the game globally – especially in our region [the Americas] as well as the major ‘markets’ of the USA and China. We hope that the T20 format and growth of the women’s game strengthens cricket’s case for rejoining the Olympics.”

    The cricket calendar would also be impacted. Were cricket to return to the Games in 2024, it would necessitate moving the World Twenty20 to a four-year cycle beginning in 2022, effectively bringing the 2024 WT20 tournament forward by two years. It is felt that holding two WT20s over a four-year cycle, in addition to an Olympic T20 tournament, would be excessive.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...pic-games-2024


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    Olympics Games are losing their charm. Can't understand why Cricketing World should pursue a place in Olympics ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by last_knight View Post
    Olympics Games are losing their charm. Can't understand why Cricketing World should pursue a place in Olympics ?
    Because Cricket will get more exposure for being a part of Global Event like Olympics and more funding from various government's as an Olympic Sport.

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    I think Cricket will definitely be included in Olympics in the future, it's just a matter of when.

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    So basically there is a chance that either pakistan or bangladesh might not qualify


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    I'm tired of European cities hosting the Olympics, they need more Asian and middle eastern cities hosting the the games (excluding Tokyo).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakistanian View Post
    I'm tired of European cities hosting the Olympics, they need more Asian and middle eastern cities hosting the the games (excluding Tokyo).
    The Olympics are given to whoever will offer the biggest luxuries (read: bribes) and build everything brand new for the two and a half weeks of games. The First World countries are starting to catch on to the scam, which is why they only had two finalists for the 2024 games (and 3 for 2020) vs. 5 for the 2016 games. They had to beg China to take the 2022 winter games. The Asian countries will probably see the most growth after 2028 as they come into their own economically. India and Malaysia will probably be ready at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakistanian View Post
    I'm tired of European cities hosting the Olympics, they need more Asian and middle eastern cities hosting the the games (excluding Tokyo).
    Any suggestions of somewhere suitable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    So basically there is a chance that either pakistan or bangladesh might not qualify
    What makes you think Sri Lanka are guaranteed a spot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    I hope Toronto does not host a world event ever again (or until I move back to Pak). The Panam games brought the city to a grinding halt.
    I agree. I also dont want Toronto to ever host any major event specially Olympics, half the city is under construction while the other half stuck in traffic. Imagine a marathon runner going through contruction barricade Lol.
    On topic, I don't see cricket being included to olympics as Ecb and Bcci both have objection to it. I remember BCCI even refused to send both men and women team to Asian games in china. Unless ofcourse supreme court CoA still heading BCCI in 2024, it is safe to assume there wont be Indian team in it if cricket is included in olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    So basically there is a chance that either pakistan or bangladesh might not qualify
    Dont think BCCI will send their team to olympics, which means Pak, Bang, SRL, and Afg will fight it out for the three spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    I agree. I also dont want Toronto to ever host any major event specially Olympics, half the city is under construction while the other half stuck in traffic. Imagine a marathon runner going through contruction barricade Lol.
    On topic, I don't see cricket being included to olympics as Ecb and Bcci both have objection to it. I remember BCCI even refused to send both men and women team to Asian games in china. Unless ofcourse supreme court CoA still heading BCCI in 2024, it is safe to assume there wont be Indian team in it if cricket is included in olympics.
    The ECB have been backing it since Graves entered his role
    Whether the ECB could come to an agreement with the Scottish cricket board or not would be interesting though.

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    An 8 team tourney sounds Ok.

    They should make it like football in the Olympics,with most players u-23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    Any suggestions of somewhere suitable?
    Istanbul, Algiers, Tangiers, Baku, Tashkent.


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    The Olympic games would mean the end of the west indies, only the major islands would be able to qualify and after a successful tournament they may forever disband the west indies.


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    If it is introduced, there should be a ten over format..2o overs is too long for Olympics. Sporting events in Olympics tend to be short..like the 100M sprint...Yer, I know there's a marathon too I think

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    An 8 team T20 Competition sounds like a pretty good idea.Will be really helpful in globalising the game,which is essential for it's survival.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakistanian View Post
    The Olympic games would mean the end of the west indies, only the major islands would be able to qualify and after a successful tournament they may forever disband the west indies.
    I doubt it. It will probably just be Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana etc but after that West Indies will stay the same stilll

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    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2...usion-unlikely

    Cricket has little chance of being added to the Olympic Games before 2032, according to two of Britain's four current International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

    The sport has only featured in one Olympics so far, the 1900 Games in Paris, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) is understood to be close to announcing a formal application to join the programme for 2024.

    Earlier this year, ICC chief executive David Richardson told Press Association Sport a decision would have to be reached by the end of July and the "time was right" for cricket to make a concerted push for Olympic inclusion.

    However, IOC members Sir Craig Reedie and Adam Pengilly believe cricket's road to an Olympic return will be long, with several significant obstacles.

    Speaking to Press Association Sport, Reedie said: "I don't think cricket has any chance in 2024 or 2028 because neither of the hosts, Paris and Los Angeles, will be very interested and the sport isn't top of the list of those waiting for a chance.

    "That said, India is the biggest reason for bringing cricket in and the Games are driven by television, so it is not beyond the realms of possibility but I would suggest 2032 is a more realistic timescale."

    Reedie, a former chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and current World Anti-Doping Agency president, has been an IOC member since 1994.

    Pengilly, a two-time winter Olympian who joined the IOC in 2010 as part of the athletes' commission, said the prospect of India - or Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanka - winning a medal would help cricket's cause but was not overly optimistic about its chances of joining any time soon.

    "New nations winning medals is good, that worked really well for mixed curling, for example," said Pengilly.

    "But I think there are still too many factors working against cricket: it's not global, it's not particularly 'youth' and it doesn't meet many of the key Olympic themes.

    "If the next host was Australia, it might have a chance. But France and the US don't play much cricket, and I can't see there being much support in countries that don't play cricket."


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    ANd yet we have handball and walking as a sport


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    So, Cricket is not Global?
    It's not a Youth Sport?
    It's doesn't meet key Olympic themes?

    What other excuse is there?

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    Paris 2024 will get France moving, says minister with an eye on cricket

    France’s sport minster has told the Observer that Paris hosting the Olympics in 2024 will dramatically transform the sporting ecosystem of her country and has hinted that cricket could rejoin the Games in time to be part of the celebrations.

    Laura Flessel, who is also France’s most decorated female Olympian, also wants to draw upon lessons from London 2012 to ensure that the government encourages three million more people participating in sport, creates a sustainable legacy and boosts the burgeoning sports economy.

    “The dream is almost coming true,” said Flessel, who won five fencing medals before retiring after London 2012. “We still have to wait for ratification on 13 September in Lima but Paris 2024 has almost reached the finishing line. It is like a volcano bubbling over. We want the prestige of France to be shining. We want a very high level of performance, as London has done.”

    She added: “I have participated in five Olympic Games and I finished my career at London as a flag-bearer for France. And today I am reaching for the flag again. Not only for our athletes but for millions of French people and for billions of others around the world who like sports.

    “We have been working from British experts to better understand how the functioning of the event is managed. We want a very high level of performance, just as London achieved.”

    She said that the possibility of cricket being a part of the Games then is something that is on French minds – especially given its huge popularity in India and Pakistan. “There are new disciplines that are going to join the Olympic Games in 2024 and it is also true that cricket is developing in France. We are going to watch developments very closely. So why not?

    “And if it works,” she said, smiling, “maybe there will be final between our two countries?”

    That was a reference to the fact that Britain beat a French team to win gold in 1900 – the last time that cricket appeared in the Olympics – and is surely to encourage the International Cricket Council, which has started lobbying hard for the sport’s inclusion in future Games.

    But Flessel’s strongest motivation in her new role, which she began in May, is to ensure more people in France exercise – and says that she will be doing all she can. “Thanks to the Games, there will be a whole transformation of the ecosystem and sport is going to be integrated in society,” she said. “But the legacy for us does not begin after 2024 – it has already started.

    “We want a France that moves. An active France. Today, we have 34 million people that practise sports, but we want three million more. I am going to create 500 sport centres for health. For people who are at a disadvantage, in deprived areas, who have never done any sports or who think they have no money to practise sport.”

    That is not the end of her plans. “We are going to appeal to high-level sportspeople to give them an encouragement to coach people and to think of changing when their career is over,” she said. “Another axis is ethics and openness in sports. We want excellence but also responsibility – we don’t want anyone incompetent in the federations.”

    Flessel said she welcomes Neymar’s controversial £200.6m transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain and believes the Brazilian’s move can further revitalise French domestic football. “It is an opportunity for France. He is one of the best players in the world and he is going to bring new colours to Ligue 1. PSG must abide by the financial commitments but there is a buzz.

    “I was always a supporter of Paris Saint-Germain – now I support all the French teams so I must be neutral. But as minister I am delighted and the finance ministry say he will have to pay his taxes in France. But for France it is a wonderful opportunity.”

    She insisted she no had concerns over the huge fee. “That is supply and demand in football. It is the reality.”

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    The International Cricket Council (ICC) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), welcome the decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to nominate women’s cricket for inclusion at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.

    The decision, which needs to be ratified by CGF members, follows a comprehensive bidding process, where the ICC, in partnership with the ECB, presented the compelling case for women’s cricket to become part of the Commonwealth Games sport programme.

    The application for inclusion of women’s cricket for Birmingham 2022 is part of the global ambition for cricket to inspire and empower women and girls around the world and to drive greater levels of inclusivity and opportunity throughout the sport.

    ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “We are absolutely delighted that women’s cricket has been nominated for inclusion in Birmingham 2022. I’d like to thank everyone at the CGF and Birmingham 2022for the nomination and it would be a real honour to become part of the Commonwealth Games family.

    “We are committed to accelerating the growth of the women’s game and breaking down barriers and gender stereotypes along the way. We share our ambition to deliver greater equality, fairness and opportunity in sport with the Commonwealth Games Federation.

    “The platform of Birmingham 2022 will provide a springboard for women’s cricket and will inspire and engage young girls around the world to be part of this wonderful and inclusive sport.”

    Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, added: “The inclusion of women’s cricket in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games would be a landmark moment in the development of the sport.

    “It would present us with a wonderful opportunity to capitalise on the global reach of these Games to showcase the very best of women’s cricket and in doing so inspire a new generation of women and girls from around the world to start playing the game.

    “We are extremely grateful to the teams at Birmingham 2022 and CGF for providing us with this opportunity and for sharing our vision for the future of women’s cricket.”

    ICC Media Release


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    CRICKET AT THE OLYMPIC AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES

    The WCC is pleased to see that Women’s T20 Cricket is likely to be included at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, having supported this in their last meeting in March.

    Cricket’s inclusion was approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation executive in June and the result of the vote by the 71 member associations is expected imminently.

    This is a hugely exciting opportunity to grow the women’s game and with matches taking place at Edgbaston – a venue with a strong cricketing fan base – the WCC expects there to be big crowds for the fixtures.

    Cricket is also due to return to the Asian Games at Hangzhou 2022, likely again to be in T20 format. The WCC is excited to see cricket being introduced to, and gaining popularity in, new destinations. Including cricket at Hangzhou 2022 is the perfect opportunity to showcase the sport to the market in China.

    There is still much to be done if cricket is to be included in the Olympics, with Los Angeles 2028 the earliest likely opportunity and the ICC continuing to work internally to align cricket to pursue the sport's Olympic ambitions.School children play cricket at Birmingham 2022 launch.

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