Olympics may al­low gamers

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

VIDEO gamers could be com­pet­ing for Olympic medals by the 2024 Games.

Tony Es­tanguet, co­pres­i­dent of the Paris Olympic bid com­mit­tee, said he would hold talks with es­ports rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the IOC about the pos­si­bil­ity of gam­ing join­ing the 2024 pro­gram.

The ex­plo­sion in pop­u­lar­ity of es­ports events, draw­ing large crowds to tour­na­ments, has al­ready seen gam­ing em­braced by the Asian Games. It will be­come a full sport by the 2022 edi­tion, although de­tails of which games will be con­tested are yet to be pro­vided.

Paris will be con­firmed as 2024 hosts at an IOC gath­er­ing in Lima, Peru, next month.

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