BCCI approves participation in Olympics, Commonwealth Games

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Apr 17, 7:19 AM

Photo Credits: Twitter
Photo Credits: Twitter

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given conditional approval to field its men’s and women’s team in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. The BCCI in its Apex Council meeting that was held on Friday virtually has decided that it will allow the participation of men’s and women’s team in the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028 if the board’s autonomy is not affected. 

"We do not want to be bossed over by the IOA, that is the bottom line. We will seek clarity on the roles. The participation is subject to the BCCI's identity and independence not being compromised," a BCCI source told Cricbuzz.

The board has given a go-ahead for the participation of the men’s and women’s team in 2028 Olympics and the Commonwealth Games next year but it would still have a discussion with other associations whose autonomy was preserved despite being an Olympic sport. 

Some other discussions also took place during the Apex Council meeting. One of them was giving permission of conducting T20 leagues by the state associations. Mumbai, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Saurashtra associations have permission to organise T20 leagues at the state level. 

Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had conducted their leagues earlier after getting permission which was taken back by the board after an allegation of corruption in these leagues. 

"As long as they are not around the IPL and all anti-corruption and BCCI norms are followed, they can conduct the leagues," the source said.

Cricket had featured in the Summer Olympics in the year 1900 where Great Britain and France locked horns in the only match that took place. 

Britain defeated France by 158 runs. Initially, Belgium and Netherlands were the other two countries who were slated to take part in the competition but both of them pulled out. 


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