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Bach says e-sports should be considered for future Olympics

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Published on January 11, 2020 - Duration: 01:16s

Bach says e-sports should be considered for future Olympics

IOC President Thomas Bach says e-sports should be considered for future Olympics, FIFA's Infantino voted into IOC

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Bach says e-sports should be considered for future Olympics

SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (JANUARY 10, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH SPEAKING AT IOC 135TH SESSION 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "With regard to the first question about the sport simulating e-games, whether they could be considered one day to the Olympic programme the answer is yes.

This is, you know, one of the… It depends on when this day is coming.

But, we chose this two speed approach there exactly for this reason because sport simulating in some of these games is already misleading." 3.

FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO DURING SESSION 4.

SCREEN SHOWING INFANTINO PHOTO AND INFORMATION 5.

MESSAGE ON SCREEN ASKING TO VOTE FOR INFANTINO AS NEW IOC MEMBER 6.

PEOPLE CLAPPING AFTER INFANTINO OATH AND BACH AWARDING HIM A MEDAL STORY: IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday (January 10) that e-sports could become a part of the Olympic programme at some point in the future.

"Whether they could one day be considered for the Olympic programme the answer is yes", he told a news conference at the 135th IOC session.

"It depends when this day is coming".

Bach earlier urged his members during the IOC session to look beyond the differences and find common ground that would allow federations to develop their own games suitable for a young Olympic audience and also develop regulations.

The IOC has been working on developing connections with both the industry and gamers but it has also rejected many of the electronic games as too violent and not in line with the IOC's Olympic values.

During its 135th Session, the IOC also officially voted and welcomed new IOC members during a ceremony, among them, the FIFA President, Gianni Infantino.

Infantino joining the IOC ends a five year absence of FIFA representation on the Olympic governing body.

(Production: David Grip)

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