August 5, 2021

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Esport “killer games” aren’t right for Olympics, says IOC

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Don’t expect to see esports in the Olympic Games any time soon. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach believes the video games being played still promote violence and killing too much to be included.

“We cannot have in the Olympic programme a game which is promoting violence or discrimination,” Bach told the Associated Press during the recent Asian Games – an event where esports were, for the first time, a feature, albeit as a demonstration sport only. “So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted.”

It’s an arguably hypocritical stance given the long list of combat or weapon sports already in the Olympic Games: boxing, martial arts, fencing, shooting, archery and so on. Bach himself was even once an Olympic gold-medalist fencer.

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