For the first time ever, the Olympics will include a special series of online competitions — the Olympic Virtual Series. People worldwide are invited to join or watch the events on the Olympic Channel, according to Olympics.com.
The Olympic Virtual Series began qualification rounds on May 13 and will conclude with final competitions on June 23, Olympic Day, according to Olympics.com.
The Olympic Virtual Series includes five events: motorsports, sailing, baseball, rowing and cycling. These are not medaled events, according to The Verge.
All final events on June 23, Olympic Day, will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel.
Two sports have finished qualification rounds:
Three sports remain open for participation:
The rowing and cycling events require participants to use physical equipment, says The Verge.
The IOC has indicated that virtual sports will have a growing role in the Olympics, reports The Verge. Although far from confirmed, virtual versions of physical sports could become medalled events for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.