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IOC recognizes ICC, cricket can now become Olympic sport

IOC recognizes ICC, cricket can now become Olympic sport
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First Published: Fri, Feb 12 2010. 01 22 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Feb 12 2010. 01 22 PM IST
Vancouver: Cricket’s push to be a part of the Olympic Games received a major boost with International Olympic Council (IOC) on Friday granting recognition to ICC.
The IOC in its meeting here voted to recognize the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the federations of sport climbing and power boating.
“They are recognized federations by us, which now means that they can take part in IOC events,” IOC director of communications Mark Adams said after the meeting held ahead of the Winter Olympics here.
“It could be seen as a first step towards becoming Olympic sports,” he added.
After Friday’s IOC decision, cricket - most likely its Twenty20 version, can now bid to join the 2020 Olympic Games though ICC has not made it clear which format it will push for.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has welcomed the decision and termed it as the first step towards cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics.
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First Published: Fri, Feb 12 2010. 01 22 PM IST
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