Rick Steelhammer: Athleticism could soon become optional in Olympics

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By Rick Steelhammer It's not inconceivable that someone competing in the WV Gaming Championship in Charleston this weekend could become a member of Team USA when the 2024 Olympic Summer Games get underway in Paris. Strange as it may seem, competitive video gaming, or esports, an activity not normally associated with athleticism, is being considered as a possible medal event in an effort by the organizers of the Paris Olympics to attract more youthful viewers. "The youth, yes, they are interested in esport and this type of thing," said Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris bid committee, in an interview last week with the Associated Press. "Let's look at it. Let's meet them. Let's see if we can build some bridges." While the Paris bid...

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