Russia has officially refused to recognize cricket — which is considered the second most popular sport in the world after football — as a sport, according to a Russian Sports Ministry memo.
Russia’s “registry of sports” lists recognized disciplines that include ice stock sport — similar to curling — and korfball — a Dutch unisex sport. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized cricket, which has not been featured in the Summer Games since 1900, a decade ago.
“Refuse recognition of cricket as a sport,” reads the memo authored by Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov dated Monday, July 15.
The directive also lists Thai boxing known as Muay Thai as a non-sport in Russia.
The Russian Sports Ministry decision came a day after host nation England won the cricket World Cup.