Olympic sports governing bodies are seeking urgent discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding potential cuts to their revenue shares and medal events at the 2028 Los Angeles Games. The IOC recently added cricket and other sports to the program for 2028, raising concerns among existing Summer Games sports organizations, represented by the umbrella group ASOIF. The decision to include cricket, baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, and squash for 2028 has sparked questions among ASOIF members, who collectively received $540 million of IOC-allocated funds at each of the past two Olympics.
The addition of four team sports in 2028 may surpass the IOC's preferred limit of 10,500 athletes, potentially pressuring core Olympic sports to reduce athlete quotas or medal events. ASOIF's ruling council, including presidents from top-tier Olympic sports like World Athletics and the International Gymnastics Federation, has decided to address these concerns with the IOC leadership urgently. Key issues include revenue sharing, athlete quotas, Olympic qualification systems, and games optimization, reflecting a broader trend of addressing operational impacts on international federations and the entire Olympic Movement as the Games expand.
The IOC has set a target of early 2025 to finalize quotas, and the ASOIF's move signals a proactive stance amid the evolving landscape of Olympic sports. The IOC has not yet responded to the ASOIF request.