Cricket should not be included in Olympics: Christie

Published: Sunday, August 17, 2008, 16:41 [IST]
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New Delhi: Cricketers led by former Aussie stumper Gilchrist are lobbying hard for inclusion of cricket as Olympic sport for 2016 Games but former 100m Oly champion from Great Britain Linford Christie has strongly opposed the initiation, fearing the sport would 'hamper' prospects of individual disciplines -the fulcrum of the Games.

"Team sports like cricket should not be included in the Olympics. Olympics is a personal game where sportsman tries to excel within himself," the 100m champion in Barcelona Oly in 1992 tod to a TV channel.

"It would be unfair to include cricket in the Olympics as the players of other sports, especially of individual events wait for the single day to happen and show their talents," the 48-year-old ex-sprinter who runs a sports management and promotions company, Nuff Respect, along with hurdler Colin Jockson, added.

Christie, the only British athlete to win 100 metre race gold medals in Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European championships, feels including cricket in the Olympics could be detrimental to other disciplines.

Cricket wherever is popular, "hampers other sports, but it is the governments who should take corrective measures to ensure that individual sports also get their due," Christie said.

"Oly is the lifeline. The athlete waits for this day after long four years to showcase his talent and also to let the world know about him," he added. 


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