Cricket is not a sport for Russia. Officially.
Russia has officially refused to recognize cricket as a sport. The decision comes from the Government of Russia even as national media in the country believes cricket is the second most popular sport in the world after football.
But, the Russian Sports Ministry in memo has opined otherwise.
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, states a report in Moscow .
“Refuse recognition of cricket as a sport,” reads the memo dated July 15 and authored by Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov.
However, the directive lists Thai boxing known as Muay Thai as a non-sport in Russia, whereas disciplines like Footgolf, sports yoga, model plane flying and darts have found a place on the recognised events list.
The Russian Sports Ministry decision came a day after host nation England won the cricket World Cup.
The Russian Sports Ministry determines which events are included on their list of sports which are eligible for financial support from the government.