Published Oct 18, 2023 at 9:10 PM IST

'Sports unites us and helps in ending war'

Sharing his views on the inclusion of cricket and four other new games in the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti said that a record number of athletes who break every record and more athletes will be witnessed in LA Olympics.

Eric Garcetti said, “It is a Hollywood story. We know that the world increasingly embraces American football. It is played in Europe, we have had games here in Asia. Lacrosse is meaningful to us. It is an amazing, dynamic fast game. We love baseball & softball. My message is, you don't have to choose between cricket and baseball. You can love both of them. Squash is easy to set up in any Olympics. So, we want to see more team sports. We are going to have a record number of athletes who break every record and more athletes in LA Olympics.”

“The Cricket format will probably have 6-18 teams and the US will be one of it,” he added. 

With 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics 5 years away, when asked if the current geopolitical situation can cause a problem in the coming years, US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti said, “I think we have wars and conflicts around the world. The tradition of the Olympics was Olympic truce, in ancient times everybody put down their weapons to have sports unite us. While unfortunately now sometimes wars do not end but for the moment, if you let the world come together. So we hope that this inspires people that peace is better than war, that participating together is better than conflict.”

Published October 18th, 2023 at 21:10 IST

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