IOC Announces Olympic Virtual Series Tokyo

By Ben Hamill - April 23 2021
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IOC Announces Olympic Virtual Series Tokyo

Big gaming news from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week is the grand launch of a new series of virtual sports events set to take place in the run-up to this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games. The Olympic Virtual Series is the result of a thrilling new partnership between the IOC and five global sports federations set to see their various sports featured across the digital landscape.

Set to officially kick off on May 13, the super sporting virtual run will continue all the way through June 23. And there’s quite the line-up of sporting events done virtually to look forward to.

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What To Look Forward To

Included on the brand spanking new schedule:

  • A Gran Turismo contest to be hosted by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile
  • Konami’s eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 to be showcased by the World Baseball Softball Confederation
  • Although World Rowing doesn’t yet have any official gaming experience attached to its name, the official press release announcement does refer to some sort of “open format”, meaning there’s bound to be something in the pipeline for rowing fans
  • A Virtual Regatta to be hosted by World Sailing – which will take on the form of a simulation-style sailing game
  • A virtual cycling competition called Zwift to be hosted by Union Cycliste Internationale

While there’s not yet clarity regarding who all will get to compete, or even how interested parties can go about signing to participate or what prizes contestants could look forward to winning, the IOC has promised that more details will be released in the coming days and weeks.

Virtual Sports Closing The Gap

Virtual sporting competitions and events have predominantly filled many a gap in the absence of live sporting events during the height of the global health crisis.

Virtual tennis and virtual horseracing events, in particular, have been at the heart of much hype and excitement during the global hiatus, with sports bettors and fans eager to interact with their favourite sports despite the ongoing crisis.

Online entertainment has in general created a welcome reprieve for those starved for entertainment and a way to pass the free time suddenly at their disposal because of stay-at-home orders and travel and event restrictions.

To this end, the online gaming sector has played its part beyond even our wildest expectations. And now that the IOC has joined the movement, even Olympic Sporting fans will get to once again live the dream of live sporting events the world is so obviously hungry for.

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