Fans Across New York Thrilled This Is Finally An Olympic Sport
Fans of soccer, basketball, swimming, and track and field won’t have to wait long to watch some of the best athletes in the world represent the United States on a global stage. But fans of some other popular sports will have to wait a little bit longer.
This summer, Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics, and four years after that, the games will be held on US soil in Los Angeles (the first time since the winter Olympics of 2002).
Although the Olympics remain a popular television staple in most households, fans and players of some sports that aren’t included can’t help but feel left out. In fact, some of the sports excluded from the games are pretty baffling, considering how popular they are in the United States and around the world.
But now, American and International athletes of five sports can start getting ready - because they’re officially eligible to represent their country and their sport at the Olympics in the coming years. And although these men and women may not be superstars to the average Sports Center viewer, they’re extremely beloved by a massive group of fans - especially here in New York State.
Lacrosse Will Be Played At The 2028 Olympic Games
After a very long absence from the Summer Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee has added lacrosse back to the list of sports at the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, along with baseball, softball, cricket, and flag football.
Lacrosse has only been an official Olympic sport twice, in 1904 and 1908, as well as being played as a demonstration event in 1929, 1932, and 1948. Needless to say, lacrosse competitions have been a long time coming to the Summer Olympic games, and seems long overdue.
Lacrosse, which was invented by the Indigenous Peoples living in what is now New York State, is immensely popular across the US (and especially here in the Empire State), as well as internationally. We’re sure the lacrosse competitions at the 2028 Olympic games will be must-see TV for many hardcore fans of the sport.
We’ll also likely get to see many familiar faces represent the United States on the 2028 Olympic team, including many of our favorite lacrosse pros. New York State has three popular teams that compete in the National Lacrosse League - the Albany Firewolves, the Rochester Knighthawks, and current 2023 NLL Champions the Buffalo Bandits. Don’t be surprised if you see many players from our favorite New York teams reppin red, white, and blue in the summer of 2028!
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