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The International Olympic Committee launches a virtual sporting event

The Olympic Virtual Series will include five sports. These are baseball, cycling, car racing, rowing and sailing.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – A competitive virtual sporting event was launched Thursday by the International Olympic Committee.

The Olympic Virtual Series will feature five sports – baseball, cycling, auto racing, rowing and sailing – and will run from May 13 to June 23. The Tokyo Olympics will open on July 23.

Gaming brands involved in the project include Gran Turismo, Zwift, and eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020.

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“(The series) will engage virtual sports, esports and gaming enthusiasts around the world to reach new Olympic audiences,” the IOC said in a statement.

Details of the prizes offered in some events are being finalized, the IOC said.

The Olympic body hopes to reach more young people with a strategy for sports and virtual games and said the series “allows participants around the world to compete from their homes or training facilities.”

“The Olympic Virtual Series is a unique new digital Olympic experience that aims to increase direct engagement with new audiences in the field of virtual sports,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “Its design is in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 + 5 and the IOC Digital Strategy. It encourages sport participation and promotes Olympic values, with a particular focus on youth.

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