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Flag football, baseball on L.A.’s wish list for ’28 Olympics

Flag football would make its Olympics debut in the 2028 Games at Los Angeles if the local organizing committee’s request is granted.

LA28 announced Monday the list of five events it hopes to host in addition to those scheduled for the 2024 Games in Paris.

Along with flag football, LA28 is seeking to reinstate baseball/softball, cricket and lacrosse and introduce squash.

LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman said of the proposed additions, “They’re relevant, innovative and community-based, played in backyards, schoolyards, community centers, stadiums and parks across the U.S. and the globe.”

Having flag football in the Olympics could prompt some NFL players to pursue a gold medal.

“Certainly there are more discussions to be had around that possibility,” NFL executive vice president Peter O’Reilly recently told Reuters. “But I will tell you that through this process a number of great young stars of the league have said how great it would be to represent their country and play flag (football).”

Baseball and softball were more recently contested in the Olympics in 2021 at Tokyo, but they will not return in Paris next year. Host Japan beat the United States in the gold-medal games in both baseball and softball.

Cricket was part of the Olympics just once, in 1900 at Paris, when Great Britain claimed gold.

Lacrosse was held in the Olympics in 1904 and 1908, with Canada taking gold both times, then was a demonstration (unofficial) sport in 1928, 1932 and 1948.

Squash has never been included in the Olympics.

A sport that will debut in Paris next year, breaking (aka breakdancing), won’t be back in Los Angeles.

The official decision on the five proposed sports will be made by the executive board of the International Olympic Committee in its meeting at Mumbai, India, on Oct. 16.

–Field Level Media

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