ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed was a keynote speaker at a symposium held by the South Asian Studies Program of the University of Oxford at the end of March on the topic of ‘Olympic Legacies’.
All recent Olympic Games have had their own distinctive 'legacy' plans, from facilities development to inner-city regeneration, to internal nation-building and international promotion. Legacies are how the true worth of an Olympics are measured because the benefits from hosting them are what remain long after the medals have been presented.
Cricket has not played a part in the Olympics for a hundred years but with its emergence now as a medal-sport at the Guangzhou Asian Games of 2010, it is on course for a potential appearance in future Olympics. Hence the title of Mr. Speed’s address: ‘Cricket and the Olympics: A Potential Legacy.’
Filed March 31 2008