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“It would globalise the sport, a huge source of motivation”: Cricketers on cricket’s inclusion in Los Angeles Olympics

New Delhi [India], October 16 (ANI): After cricket was confirmed as a sport for the Los Angeles Olympics 2028, a number of cricketers from world wide expressed their happiness and pleasure.

Cricket will make its return after 128 years to the multi-sport extravaganza.

India’s rising batting star Shubman Gill stated in a video by ICC, “It would be huge for India, for us to be represented in the Olympics with so many countries competing. Winning a gold for the country, what is bigger than that?.”Star Australia batter Steve Smith stated that successful an Olympic gold could be particular.

“Winning a gold medal at the Olympics would be incredibly special. I have watched the Olympics since I was a young kid and watching an Australian singing the national anthem after winning a gold medal, it looked great. To be able to do that would be special.”New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi stated that the entire world stops to look at the mega multi-sport occasion and the inclusion of cricket is a big supply of motivation.

“Olympic games is a historic event. When they come, the whole world stops to just to watch it. The prospect of cricket being there at the Olympics is a huge source of motivation for players like me to go there and do something special. Standing on the podium with a medal would be exciting.”Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin stated, “How good it would be representing India and putting up your flag and people watching it.”Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan stated that the nation has by no means gained an Olympic gold and one in cricket could be the most important factor in Bangladesh’s sports activities historical past. He additionally added that the transfer will globalise cricket.

“We never won a gold in the Olympics. It would be the biggest thing for Bangladesh sports. It will globalise cricket. There are a lot of teams coming up, but this would be huge,” stated Shakib.

South African speedster Kagiso Rabada stated that one will get motivated by these athletes every time they do one thing outstanding.

“When you see a player achieve a remarkable thing as an athlete, you want to do the same thing on the world stage. Something has to inspire you to want to reach that level and beyond,” stated Rabada.

Some gamers additionally selected their favorite Olympic reminiscence.

Smith selected Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, who gained 5 medals in swimming on the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and emerged as essentially the most profitable athlete within the competitors.

“Who could forget Neeraj’s medal? (gold medal in javelin throw in 2020 Tokyo Olympics). Nobody,” added Gill about India’s “golden boy”.

Ashwin expressed his admiration for athletics legend Usain Bolt. The Jamaican sprinting icon has eight Olympic medals, all gold.

“I used to watch Bolt’s 100 m races a lot. He must have felt on top of the world. I could see that on his face. That was the beauty of the Olympics. You train for 3.5 years for that moment,” stated Ashwin.

The 2028 occasion may even embody sports activities like baseball/softball, lacrosse, squash and flag soccer. The proposal from the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 to incorporate these video games within the programme was accepted on the ongoing 141st IOC session being held in Mumbai.

Cricket made its sole look on the 1900 Paris Olympics by which Great Britain defeated France within the closing. But it’s performed in Commonwealth Games and Asian Games as nicely.

“The proposal from the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 (@LA28) to include five new sports in the programme has been accepted by the IOC Session. Baseball/softball, cricket (T20), flag football, lacrosse (sixes) and squash will be in the programme at LA28. IOCMumbai2023,” tweeted IOC Media.

The IOC session in Mumbai was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. The session serves as a key assembly of the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Important selections concerning the way forward for the Olympic video games are made on the IOC Sessions. India is internet hosting the IOC session for the second time and after a niche of about 40 years. The IOC’s 86th session was held in New Delhi in 1983. (ANI)