Cricket formally included in Olympic Games

VANCOUVER: The International Olympic Council (IOC) has given the formal approval for including cricket in Olympic Games but it is not possible before the 2020 Olympics

Cricket has been included in the list of Olympic games at the IOC meeting held in Vancouver, Canada.

''''They are recognised federations by us, which now means that they can take part in IOC events,'''' said IOC director of communications Mark Adams, adding it could be seen as a first step towards becoming Olympic sports.

Cricket was part of the 1900 Olympics in Paris and has not appeared since, but it is set to feature at this year''s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, and was in the Commonwealth Games as recently as 1998.

The IOC, meeting in Vancouver, also said it would recognise the federations of sport climbing and power boating.