ESports Could Be Coming to the 2024 Olympics

Paris Considers eSports for 2024 Olympic Games

The process of deciding which medal events will feature at the 2024 Games will begin after the 2020 Games in Tokyo - an event that gave video games a spotlight in its own way during the Rio 2016 Games' closing ceremony, where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared on stage to mark the passing of the Olympic flag dressed in Mario cosplay. "Yes, the youth are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. It's not about Olympics, '" Tony Estanguet, co-president of the bid board, told the AP.

Alongside ancient athletics like martial arts, the Paris Olympic bid committee will consider adding eSports to the 2024 program.

"Look, there's 11 years before the Games, so it wouldn't hurt if they took a year or even six months instead of rushing", said Jed Parriott, an organizer of the NOlympics LA group.

Esports will be a fully recognised event at the 2022 Asian Games, though details of the games to be contested have not been revealed. "Let's try if we can find some bridges or not".

ESports continues to grow, however, and inclusion in the 2024 Olympics would deliver a great deal of authentication to it being an actual sport.

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"I don't want to say "no" from the beginning", Estanguet said.

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday voted unanimously to authorize the city to sign a contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2028 Summer Games.

eSports scored a major slam dunk earlier this year when the National Basketball League (NBA) announced it was creating the NBA 2K eLeague, with 17 franchises participating in an 82-game virtual season based on the popular NBA 2K video game. Because, let's face it, how many teenagers really enjoy watching people race canoes or bat a shuttlecock over a net?

"Who knows what the future holds but I have faith in you and this body that if anything comes up we will make the necessary adjustments to make this the most successful Games in the history of the Olympics".

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