IOC set to vote on flag football for 2028 Summer Games in LA
Later this week, the International Olympic Committee will gather in Mumbai, India to vote on several sports that have been nominated to join the list of events at the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee (LA28) proposed five new sports, including flag football.
Flag football, in which "tackles" are made by pulling a flag off a belt worn by each player, would be a 5-on-5 affair played on a 50-yard field with no offensive or defensive linemen.
At the World Games last year, the U.S. men won the gold medal but the women fell to Mexico in the final.
Other sports on the list included baseball/softball -- which were in the Tokyo Games in 2021 but will not be played next year in Paris -- lacrosse, squash and cricket.
"LA28's proposed sports ignite the imagination on the field of play and drive culture off it," LA28 Chairperson Casey Wasserman said in a statement. "They're relevant, innovative and community-based, played in backyards, schoolyards, community centers, stadiums and parks across the US and the globe. They will bring new athletes to the Games, engage diverse fanbases and expand the Games' presence in digital spaces, further amplifying LA28's mission to deliver an unparalleled experience."
Last year, the NFL changed the format for the Pro Bowl, eliminating its full-contact all-star game and replacing it with weeklong skills competitions and a flag football game. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the media after the festivities that the new Pro Bowl Games format is here to stay following a successful week of events.
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