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Baseball returns as medal sport in 2028 Los Angeles OIympics


Competition also in lacrosse, squash

Baseball/softball, cricket, flag football, lacrosse and squash have been submitted for inclusion in LA28 -- the 2028 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

The additional sports were proposed by the International Olympic Committee for involvement in the multi-sport event scheduled from July 14 to 30, 2028, in and around Los Angeles.

For baseball/softball, cricket and lacrosse, it would be a return to the Olympic Games, while flag football and squash would be making their Olympic debut at LA28.

“The choice of these five new sports is in line with the American sports culture and will showcase iconic American sports to the world, while bringing international sports to the United States,” IOC President Thomas Bach said. “These sports will make the Olympic Games LA28 unique. Their inclusion will allow the Olympic Movement to engage with new athlete and fan communities in the U.S. and globally.”

The selection of sports is the result of a process and analysis based on evaluation criteria set out before the process began, including gender equality.