LA organizers invite 9 new sports to make Olympic presentations in 2028

Olympic organizers have invited nine sports to submit a case for inclusion at the Los Angeles 2028 Games. While most of the sports on the list were known contenders who have been battling for an Olympic spot, there have minus one big surprise: motorsport.

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  • Karate
  • Baseball/Softball
  • The Crosse
  • Breakup
  • Kick boxing
  • To crush
  • flag-football

Motorsport, one of the most watched sports in the United States, hasn’t long been on the radar of the world’s biggest sporting event, at least publicly. While the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has not confirmed which discipline they will feature, it is expected to be karting.

Motorsport already made an appearance at the Paris Olympics in 1900. There is some disagreement as to whether the event was officially part of the Olympic programme, but medals were awarded. In the early days, when the Olympic Games were often attached to World Expo events, there were sometimes overlapping events, and the IOC never officially declared which are “Olympic” and which are not.

The names of the drivers in most of these events are not known, as the medals were actually awarded to the builders and not the riders. All medals were won by French manufacturers. Most brands also disappeared, Peugeot and Renault being the brands that still exist today.

Inside the Games reports that there is a six-point list of criteria that submissions must address, including supporting environmental stability, maintaining integrity and fairness, and interest in the United States and the world. world.

The 2028 LA Games also have a cap of 10,500 athletes, which will be the fewest since Atlanta in 1996. This tends to favor individual sports over team sports.

The IOC has confirmed that 28 sports will be present at Los Angeles 2028, with the possibility for the beleaguered boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon federations to join them if governance issues are resolved.

Other strong contenders with Olympic histories include:

  • T20 cricket, which launches a major professional league in the United States in 2023 and was last played at the 1900 Games;
  • baseball and softball, which appeared at the 2008 and 2020 Olympic Games but were absent in 2012, 2016, and will be absent from Paris 2024;
  • Karate, which made its debut at Tokyo 2020 but will not be at Paris 2024;
  • break dancing, which will make its debut in Paris after a successful run at the Youth Olympic Games; and
  • Lacrosse, which was on the Olympic program at St. Louis in 1904 and London in 1908 and was a demonstration sport at three other Olympic Games.

The other three sports on offer would debut in 2028:

  • 5-on-5 flag football, which appeared in its first international multi-sport event at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, and was an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904 and 1932;
  • Kick boxing
  • To crush

The football bid is backed by the National Football League.

There is no hard cap on the number of events that can be included in the Olympic Games, other than those of participant limits and financial/environmental sustainability policies.

The announcement of these nine sports seems to signal the end of the road for a handful of other sports that were hoping for Olympic inclusion. This includes Ultimate Frisbee, Mixed Martial Arts, Pickleball and “Ninja Warrior”. Many of those sports have featured versions with smaller rosters in hopes of meeting new IOC sustainability policies, including a new four-on-four version of ultimate.