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The ICC are considering adding another World Twenty20 event onto the calendar which could cause an issue for any possible Olympic bid ©Getty Images


International Cricket Council (ICC) head of global development Tim Anderson has raised concerns about the sport’s prospects of Olympic inclusion after he admitted it would be “difficult” to find room for another major event on the calendar.

The debate around whether cricket should bid for a place on the Olympic programme has gathered pace in recent months and a number of “productive” discussions have taken place between the ICC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

At the previous two ICC Board meetings, in Dubai in February and April, the governing body have opted to defer a decision on whether to pursue an Olympic place.

It is likely to be on the agenda at the week-long ICC Annual Conference, which began in Edinburgh today.

ICC chief executive David Richardson told insidethegames in April that cricket can earn a spot at the Olympics if all the members of the organisation unite behind any bid.

Cricket, however, was one of just seven out of 33 eligible sports not to apply for inclusion on the programme at Tokyo 2020, raising suspicion that the ICC were not behind the idea.

The ICC are expected to rubber-stamp a proposal to add a further World Twenty20 tournament onto its competition calendar in 2018 due to the success of this year’s edition in India, won by the West Indies with a dramatic final victory over England.

The next tournament was not due to be held until 2020 and it is thought they will now be held biennially, which Anderson says provides a problem to any potential Olympic bid.

“The ICC board has had long discussions and more recent discussions about the potential of cricket to participate in the Olympics,” Anderson told ESPN Cricinfo.

“There's been direct conversations with the IOC very recently and I think the continued dialogue with the IOC is really important but at this point our board has not made a decision in that regard.

“It's hard to really say whether it's possible to fit two World Twenty20s and an Olympic Games in a four-year cycle.

“Obviously if we have two World Twenty20s it's going to make the calendar much tighter and more difficult I would imagine.

“But I think the appetite right now around the board and Full Members for consideration of reform of international cricket is really strong.

“All of these things have been taken into consideration.”

Having cricket at the Olympics has already had the backing of Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Australian spinner Shane Warne, who are both retired, and United States wicketkeeper Akeem Dodson has added to the list of supportive voices.

In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, he urged the ICC to lodge a bid for the 2024 Olympics, which could be in Los Angeles.

“I pray weekly, daily for cricket in the Olympics,” he said.

“Right now USA is in the lower league and we have to work our way up.

“Cricket in the Olympics would mean cricket on a world stage where USA starts on a level playing field.”


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

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Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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