Virtual Taekwondo_Photo Credit Refract Technologies

Photo credit: Refract Technologies

Singapore is set to host the inaugural Olympic Esports Week (OEW), following the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s announcement today. Local and international participants will experience and witness the best of virtual sports during the four-day festival from 22 to 25 June 2023.

Showcasing the best of virtual sports

The OEW will feature the best of virtual sports – both hybrid physical and sports simulations. Those attending can look forward to experiencing a variety of virtual sports, including exhibitions of the latest technologies, panel discussions, education sessions and show matches. A highlight of the OEW will be the first in-person live finals of the Olympic Esports Series (OES), a unique virtual and simulated sports competition which may include Taekwondo and Archery.

Virtual Taekwondo Demo during Mr Thomas Bachs, President IOC, visit to Singapore_Photo Credit Caroline Chia (SNOC)

Photo credit: Singapore National Olympic Council 

Unlocking innovation and opportunities for virtual sports

“We are honoured and delighted to host the inaugural Olympic Esports Week in 2023. The Olympic Esports Week will catalyse the development of sport technology and innovation in Singapore and showcase new avenues for Singaporeans to lead an active lifestyle. It will also have a significant impact on our esports sector, and more importantly create new common ground by bringing together different communities, especially sport and esports enthusiasts and the youths. We look forward to welcoming esports delegates and participants to our shores in 2023, and delivering a memorable Olympic Esports Week,” said Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law.

“Singapore has played host to Olympic events including the 117th IOC Session in 2005 and the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games in 2010. It is our privilege to have this opportunity to co-create the inaugural Olympic Esports Week with the IOC and be part of this exciting milestone of the Olympic Movement. We look forward to welcoming our Olympic family and friends to Singapore in June 2023,” said Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.

“Hosting the inaugural Olympic Esports Week marks another milestone for sporting Singapore, and we are excited to work with the IOC to bring this dynamic vision for esports to life. The festival will be a platform for the local sport industry to collaborate with international federations and tech companies, and this will no doubt give a boost for the development of the local and regional esports scene,” said Mr Lim Teck Yin, CEO, Sport Singapore.