The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced USA Cricket as a new Affiliate Organization Council member, along with United States Muay Thai Federation, USA Federation for Sport Cheerleading, USA Kickboxing and USA Lacrosse.
The new members will join the The Affiliate Organization Council (AOC). The AOC features 41 sports organizations across five categories, including Community-Based Multi-sports Organizations like the American Legion and the YMCA, Education-based Multi-sport Organizations such as NCAA and NAIA, Armed Forces Organizations such as the US Army and the US Navy, Adaptive Sport Organizations/Other Sport Organizations such as the Special Olympics, and the Recognized Sport Organizations (RSO), to which USA Cricket and the other four new members now belong.
The RSO category is reserved for sports organizations which meet the criteria of being affiliated with an international federation that is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) while not currently part of the Olympic or Paralympic program.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) was recognized by the IOC in 2011, and in 2021 the ICC expressed intent to push for cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
According to the announcement, The AOC’s mission is to support the Olympic and Paralympic movements by increasing interest in and national programming for sports participation through partnerships and collaboration. Its members promote cooperation and communication between the AOC and the Olympic and Paralympic communities by sharing best practices, strategies and information to continuously improve the quality of their services and operations.
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