The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced a new series of virtual sporting events to be held ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, called the Olympic Virtual Series.
The virtual championship will be held with the support of five international sports federations and game creators.
The series announced by the IOC will be the first official competition in physical and non-physical virtual sports in the history of the committee. It is noteworthy that the games must have a special Olympic license. These are disciplines such as baseball, cycling, rowing, sailing and motorsport. Tournament operator DreamHack will handle esports marketing and production. A special Olympic virtual series will take place ahead of the Tokyo Summer Games, May 13-23, in a statement.
As each event will be hosted by a different international federation, they will all differ in rules, format and sports platforms.
Here is the composition of the federations and what games they will play (all that is known so far):
- Confederation of Baseball Softball to Host Konami eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020
- Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile will host the Gran Turismo competition
- World Sailing will host a virtual regatta competition, an online sailing and regatta simulator.
- Union Cycliste Internationale will host a competition for Zwift that offers virtual cycling and running courses for use with indoor exercise.
- There is no game officially attached to World Rowing yet; the press release only vaguely stated that there would be an “open format”. A public relations representative told The Verge that details of the World Rowing competition will be released shortly.
More sports will be available in future virtual episodes. FIFA, the International Basketball Federation, the International Tennis Federation and the World Taekwondo “reaffirmed their enthusiasm and commitment to explore the possibility of inclusion in future OVS editions,” the IOC said.