The president of the German Football Association (DFB) has declared the concept of including esports in the Olympics as “absurd.” According to Reuters, Reinhard Grindel told reporters hopes that esports do not make their way to the summer games.
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Grindel said that “the biggest competition to kids coming to our sports clubs” is not the lure of other traditional sports such as Handball, “but the use of digital equipment. That is absolute impoverishment.”
Grindel went on to proclaim the social importance of sport within the community, saying that “with sport you have direct contact with those you play. Football belongs on the green pitch and has nothing to do with other things that are computer-related. For me esports is not sports.”