L.A. names coveted five provisional sports for 2028 Olympics

Are you ready for some football?

The flag version of America’s favorite sport took another step toward its Olympic debut on Saturday as Los Angeles organizers released a list of five “new” events they hope to include in the 2028 Summer Games.

Not surprisingly, LA28 also wants to reintroduce baseball and softball, which were played at the last Summer Olympics in Tokyo but will be missing in Paris next summer. Cricket, lacrosse and squash round out the list.

“We were ready to challenge the status quo and think differently about what is possible for the Games,” said Kathy Carter, executive director of the organizing committee.

The International Olympic Committee will have the final say will vote on LA’s recommendations at a meeting on October 16 in Mumbai. After months of discussions between the IOC and LA28 this summer, all five sports are likely to be approved.

The Olympic guidelines give each host city the opportunity to propose additions to the 28 sports – such as gymnastics, track and field and basketball – in the standard program. Always keen to build its brand, the IOC likes popular games that attract a new generation of fans.

Newcomers receive a one-time pass, with no guarantee of permanent validity. Surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing had their chance in Tokyo and did well enough to stay there. Breaking – also known as breakdancing – didn’t make it to 2028 and could be done for good after its Paris debut.

LA28 balanced relevance with economic feasibility, said Chairman Casey Wasserman, favoring sports that could be played at existing venues in Southern California.

Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons:

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emma@ustimespost.com.

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