An Olympic Digital Collection (OVS) has been introduced to happen forward of the delayed Olympic Video games in Tokyo later this 12 months. It should start on Might 13 and run by means of to June 23.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee has teamed up with the governing our bodies of a variety of sports activities to include completely different competitions, with the FIA being one in every of them.
In addition to there being baseball, biking, rowing and crusing competitions, the IOC has introduced that there will probably be a motorsport component, and Gran Turismo has been chosen.
IOC President Thomas Bach mentioned: “The Olympic Digital Collection is a brand new, distinctive Olympic digital expertise that goals to develop direct engagement with new audiences within the discipline of digital sports activities.
“Its conception is in step with Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and the IOC’s Digital Technique. It encourages sports activities participation and promotes the Olympic values, with a particular give attention to youth.”
The IOC has mentioned that every competitors will guarantee a format that maximises on-line mass participation, and it’s hoped the Digital Video games will ramp up curiosity in sport once more forward of the beginning of the Tokyo 2020 occasion.
No additional particulars of the format of the Gran Turismo competitors have been introduced but, however the FIA has lengthy been concerned within the PlayStation sport’s Nations’ Cup and Producers’ Collection.
Gran Turismo has offered greater than 80 million video games because it was first launched again in 1997, making it the largest PlayStation franchise.
Chatting with Motorsport.com final 12 months, Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi mentioned he believed the expansion in sim racing was important for serving to actual world motorsport survive.
“That is one thing that that we have to do to make sure the survival of motorsports sooner or later,” he mentioned. “This exercise, all of the various things that we’re doing, is one thing that is essential to maintain it going.
“It is not like we’re working to defeat or exceed the present present motorsports. That is all part of the hassle to maintain it going and make it one thing that is eternal.”