Bach says the IOCmust embrace new disciplines to engage younger audiences.
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Esports with violent content cannot be considered for the Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Thursday.The IOC in November recognized esports as a sports activity and it will be a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games.Bach acknowledged the popularity of esports among young people but was wary of gaming's often-violent narrative.Grappling with an ageing traditional audience and the waning appeal of a number of Olympic sports, the IOC is desperate to woo young people.The introduction of sport climbing at the Tokyo 2020 Games is seen as another step in that direction and Bach said it was necessary to embrace new disciplines to stay relevant.
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