The International Olympic Committee’s inaugural virtual sports series, which wrapped up last week, marked the global sports body’s first foray into an online gaming world that has boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it weighs officially adding certain online sporting events to the Olympic program in the future.

The Olympic Virtual Series, with competitions in baseball, cycling, rowing, sailing and motorsports, opened on May 13 in what the IOC said was an initiative to reach out to a “new and younger” audience.

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