Dear Reader, I would like to share with you some very entertaining and in my opinion interesting information. Tony Estange, co-chairman of the Paris 2024 Olympic bid committee, told The Associated Press that he would like to meet with the International Olympic Committee to propose the inclusion of cybersports as an official sport in the Paris 2024 medal games.
“We have to look at this, because we can’t say, ‘This isn’t us. It’s not about the Olympics,'” Estange said. “Young people, yes, they’re interested in cybersports and things like that. Let’s look at that. Let’s meet with them. Let’s see if we can find some bridges. I don’t want to say no from the beginning. I think it’s interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, with the cybersport family, to better understand what this process is and why it’s so successful.”
To quote the International Olympic Committee spokesperson verbatim,
This is a huge step by the Olympic Committee toward recognizing cybersports. The IOC recognizes cybersports Asian Games. Three years ago in Incheon, South Korea, the last Asian Games were attended by 45 national delegations and about 10,000 players. In our opinion, this is an impressive number that only needs to increase and grow!
“We’re not 100% sure yet if cyber sports are really a sport in terms of physical activity and that it should be considered a sport,” Bach told Inside the Games in a recent interview.
The Olympic Council of Asia also announced that eSports will be a medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China.
However, IOC President Thomas Bach didn’t fully support cyber sports at the games, but there’s still time and hopefully things will change for the better