Mom: You kids go outside and play.
Kids: We can't, Mom. We’re training for the Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee has taken the first step toward allowing competitive video game playing into the Olympics. The IOC released a statement Saturday after meeting in Switzerland stating that e-sports "could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports." It's a sign of progress for competitive video game playing after IOC president Thomas Bach previously said the committee was "not yet 100% clear whether e-sports is really sports."
The IOC has been eyeing e-sports as one possible way of getting young people invested in the Olympics, and the team behind the 2024 Paris Games had asked to discuss adding e-sports because "the youth are interested."
I mean, if ping pong and curling are considered Olympic sports, then why not Mario Kart?