The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today has announced that it will hold its first-ever virtual sports event known as the Olympic Virtual Series (OVS). The event is slated to take place from 13 May to 23 June, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which was postponed to July this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Olympic Virtual Series is a joint effort between the Committee and five International Sports Federations (IFs), as well as video game publishers. These include Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) which will use Polyphony Digital’s driving simulator Gran Turismo, while Union Cycliste Internationale will use Zwift virtual cycling simulator, The World Baseball Softball Confederation with Konami’s eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020, and World Sailing with Virtual Regatta. World Rowing is also participating in the event, but has yet to name a corresponding video game or simulator.