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               Contents/Editorial                                                                                                  THE JOURNAL OF SPORT,  LEISURE & RISK  WITH AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE        November 2023

                                                                                                                                   New sports for

                                                                                                                                   Los Angeles 2028

             CONTENTS                                                                                                              The International Olympic Committee                 But experts consider that this figure could

                                                                                                                                   has confirmed that Cricket will be an               rise to A$300m now cricket has been
              Editorial: New sports for Los Angeles 2028                                                 03                        Olympic sport again along with four                 added.
                                                                                                                                   other sports at the 2028 Games in
              Superbowl extravagant entertainment and football unpredictability                          05                        Los Angeles.  Flag football gets in for             Cricket has been played once before
                                                                                                                                   the first time, with baseball-softball,             at the Olympics, in 1900, when a team

              The Decline in Australian Rugby: Can It Be Saved?                                          08                        lacrosse and squash also included.                  representing Great Britain beat France
                                                                                                                                                                                       by 158 runs in a single match (although
              The 2024 Australian Open: Countdown to Tennis Glory                                        10                                                                            the French team was largely made up of
                                                                                                                                                                                       Brits!). The T20 format will be used for
              Socceroos at the 2023 Asian Cup: IS THIS THE YEAR OF REDEMPTION?                           12                                                                            men and women at LA and it is highly
                                                                                                                                   The Olympic Charter                                 likely to be retained for the Games in

              When Bazball Met the Ashes                                                                 16                                                                            Brisbane, Australia, in 2032.
                                                                                                                                   states that in order to be
              At Risk                                                                                    20                                                                            The decision to pick squash, which has
                                                                                                                                   accepted, a sport must                              lobbied for decades to make the Games,
                                                                                                                                                                                       and lacrosse, which last appeared in 1908,
              Striking a Balance: The Complex World of Disciplinary Actions in sports                    22                        be widely practiced                                 is perhaps more surprising.

              Legal Focus                                                                                26                        by men in at least 75                               Lacrosse was hailed as the first game

               Sport Shorts                                                                              28                        countries and on four                               played on the American continent by its
                                                                                                                                                                                       native people. The sport has been played
                                                                                                                                   continents, and by                                  twice at the Olympics, though not since
              Sport Australia Hall of Fame Awards                                                        30                                                                            1908. Lacrosse is a popular sport with
                                                                                                                                   women in no fewer than                              young people in the US. The discipline
              World Sports News Roundup                                                                  34                                                                            chosen is likely to be the fast-paced, high-
                                                                                                                                   40 countries and on                                 scoring “sixes” event which is staged over

                                                                                                                                                                                       four eight-minute quarters.
                                                                                                                                   three continents.

                                                                                                                                                                                       Squash will make its debut after several
                                                                                                                                                                                       previous applications to get Olympic
                                                                                                                                                                                       status failed.
                                                                                                                                   Cricket has won its long battle to be
                                                                                                                                   added to the Olympic programme and                  However, there was no space for
                                                                                                                                   the popularity of the sport in India had a          breakdance, which will not return after
                                                                                                                                   big part to play in that. The IOC’s desire          making its Olympic debut in Paris next
                                                                                                                                   to tap into India’s huge market and the             year.
                                                                                                                                   enormous following of cricket in that
                                                                                                                                   nation made it an almost certainty for              Flag football, a five-on-five non-contact
                                                                                                                                   LA 2028. The current Olympic broadcast              sport variant of American football, has
                                                                                                                                   rights in India are reportedly worth just           also been included.
                                                                                                                                   A$30m for Paris 2024.

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