In a groundbreaking decision, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has emerged as a key figure in the celebration of the inclusion of cricket and squash, along with three other sports, in the upcoming 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Thakur's unwavering support for these sports has set a new course for India's sporting journey.
Thakur's enthusiastic response to this historic moment resonates with the Indian sports community, and he exclaimed on social media, "Wonderful News! We welcome the decision by the ongoing 141st IOC Session to include 5 new sports--Baseball/Softball, Cricket (T20), Flag Football, Lacrosse (sixes), and Squash--in the @LA28 Olympics Programme!" His vocal support for cricket and squash has not only showcased his commitment to the country's athletes but also highlighted the immense popularity of these sports in India.
The success of Indian cricket and squash at recent events, such as the CWC2023 and the Asian Games, further underscores the significance of these sports on the global stage. Thakur believes that the inclusion of these sports in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics will provide a significant boost to their existing popularity and inspire a new generation of athletes.
The 2028 Los Angeles Olympics will now feature not only cricket and squash but also baseball/softball, lacrosse, and flag football. The proposal for the inclusion of these sports was accepted at the 141st IOC session held in Mumbai, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Thakur's leadership and unwavering commitment to promoting these sports have played a pivotal role in this historic development. His passionate support for cricket and squash has set the stage for India's athletes to shine on the world's largest sporting platform.