Gran Turismo officially recognized as an Olympic sport

Polyphony Digital has had its partnership with the FIA since 2018, resulting in FIA-sanctioned Gran Turismo Championships. With the International Olympic Committee’s latest announcement, Gran Turismo will become an official Olympic Sport.

Official inclusion in the Olympic Games will not only be a first for Gran Turismo, but also the first time motorsport has been officially recognized as an Olympic sport. It seems fitting that Gran Turismo would be the platform of choice for several reasons. First, the Olympics this year will not allow spectators because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More significantly, Gran Turismo is one of Japan’s greatest exports, largely responsible for introducing many wonderful JDM cars to mainstream audiences. It’s apt that the Tokyo Games would be the venue to include this groundbreaking racing series as an official Olympic sport.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it will partner with five international sports federations and game publishers to produce the Olympic Virtual Series (OVS). Other e-sports include baseball in partnership with Konami, rowing, cycling, and sailing/regatta.

More details on how to enter and participate will be announced, and the IOC announced that each event will operate under its respective game publisher’s platform. The Olympic Virtual Series will run from May 13 to June 23 2021.




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4 Responses to Gran Turismo officially recognized as an Olympic sport

  1. J says:

    Wondering if projected TV ratings are in the dump, and this is a desperate appeal to a demographic that might help that. Reality is old-fashioned.

  2. Steve says:

    Let’s see…

    April 1st was 25 days ago, so that’s not it…

    So… skip over REAL motorsports and go directly to video games. What’s next, video golf?


    • Kouper says:

      So is your complaint that it’s not Virtual F1 or Virtual Nascar or Virtual DTM/JGTC/Any touring or LMP car championship or did you not read that it’s a virtual olympics series so all the events are in fact virtual events ( several of the others admittedly still using an exercise machine.)

      • Steve says:


        Oh, I did not realize it was about “virtual Olympics”. LOL LOL LOL

        No, my complaint is I would prefer to see real motorsports in real Olympics. But no golf, real or virtual..

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