Originally Posted by cpr
Problem with sports like Kabaddi is its not universally popular. IOC state a sports got to have a certain percentage of worldwide coverage to appear - could be something that keeps cricket out even if it wanted to, as competitely it struggles to offer more than 10-12 nations in the shorter format
There are plenty of sports already in the olympics though that fall in the same category and Kabaddi has over 35 registered nation teams now. The problem is not how many countries there are though, but which countries moreso. For example a sport popular in USA is about 100 times more likely to be included than one in India and a 1000 than one in Africa.
With the way they are wanting to include sports based on TV revenue with India's share ever rising and Olympics becoming more popular here won't be surprised to see cricket in 2020 or 2024 depending on which city gets the bid.
And as for Kabaddi it has already made it to the CW and Asian games IIRC, more based on it being viewer friendly so won't be surprised if it is included in the 4/5 games here too and then takes off as a result in a lot more countries.