Video gaming to be featured as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) will feature Video gaming as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games. According to OCA, the decision to include e-sports was taken to reflect “the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation among the youth.” Hence, e-sports would be introduced as a medal sport to the official program of the Asian Games at Hangzhou, China. It will be included as a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia. OCA has entered into a collaboration with Alisports, a unit of China’s Alibaba Group, to bring e-sports to the games. However, no details have come out on the details of the video games that would be included.
The Asian Games features a wide range of traditional Olympic. It includes some of the more obscure sports like sepak takraw ( a game that has features of soccer and volleyball), kabaddi, etc. It also includes a variety of martial arts, contract bridge, jet-ski racing and sport climbing etc.
Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a pancontinental multi-sport event, which is considered as the second-biggest sporting competition in the world after the Olympics in the number of athletes involved. The Asian Games are recognised by the International Olympic Committee. It is held every four years and is regulated and organised by the OCA. The first Asian Games was held in 1951 in New Delhi, India. The last Asian Games was held in Incheon, South Korea in 2014. The next Asian Games is slated to be held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia in 2018.