The head of the International Federation of American Football said on Monday that a choice about which new sports will be added to the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles is likely to be made in the next few weeks.
Flag football is a non-contact version of American football that is played by five-person teams. It is one of eight sports that are hoping to get added to the 2028 Games by the local organizers.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will have to confirm this ruling at its October meeting in Mumbai.
In a call with reporters, IFAF President Pierre Trochet said, “We expect a decision from the LA2028 organizers in the coming weeks.” “We are concentrating on our work, but a decision should come in the next few weeks.”
Cricket is seen as one of the favorites because it is popular around the world, has strong finances, and is easy to watch on TV.
Flag football and cricket, as well as baseball-softball, lacrosse, breakdancing, karate, kickboxing, squash, racing, and motorsport, have made the short list.
Flag football is hoping to get to Los Angeles by having support in the U.S., becoming more famous abroad, and maybe even having NFL players play in the Games.
“When we first asked if the NFL would let the players play, it was clear that many players would be interested,” said Brett Gosper, head of NFL Europe.
“It’s exciting to think that some NFL stars might be at the Olympics.”
Even though they will only be in the Olympics for one time, these sports are counting on the boost they will get from being there to help them grow and stay an attractive Olympic product for the next four years.
The people in charge of LA 2028 can choose which games to include.
The organizers of the Paris 2024 Olympics have added four new sports: breakdancing, sport climbing, skateboarding, and surfing. The last three of these were also added to the Tokyo Olympics as extra events.