The International Cricket Council (ICC) is not giving up hope that cricket will be one of the “extra sports” at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) began the process of determining the core sports for the great sporting event.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced 28 sports in the “first programme” for the 2028 Olympics on Thursday, with skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing among them. Boxing, weightlifting, and modern pentathlon have been removed, and international federations have been given until 2023 to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the 2028 Games.

The list will be presented to a vote for ratification at the IOC session in Beijing in February of next year, which is expected to be a formality. In 2023, the host city of Los Angeles can submit additional sports for inclusion in the 2028 Games, and the ICC is hopeful that cricket will be one of them.

Baseball, softball, and a modified form of American football might all be in the race for extra Olympic sports in 2028. “The procedure for the host city to choose additional sports begins next year (2023), and we are hoping cricket will be one of them,” an ICC Board member with knowledge of the process told PTI on condition of anonymity.

“We are aware that it will be difficult (for cricket to be included as an additional sport). There are no guarantees, and we’ll be competing against some other fantastic sports for a seat in the 2028 Los Angeles Games. The ICC announced its intention to bid for cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics in August, with the support of the world’s richest body, the BCCI. The ICC has also established an Olympic Working Group, which will strive to include the game in the Olympics beginning in 2028.