Variation of hold’em receives so-called ‘Observer Status’
Poker at the Olympics?
In the beginning of this month, the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), says it works in close association with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), made an announced that activities such as foosball, arm wrestling, dodge ball and the game poker has achieved the status of “observer status.
The group of Switzerland said that receiving the distinction is the initial step in a process toward the potential debut of game at the Olympics.
Patrick Baumann, the GAISF President said, “We welcome our first observers. This is a very exciting time for us as well as for them and we will do everything within our limits to help them to realize their potential as International Federations (IF) within the world sport’s family and, one day, become part of the Olympic program maybe. The debut of new sports as Tokyo 2020 Olympic and at the (BAYO) Buenos Aires Youth Olympics is the evidence, there is a pathway present.
In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Sports like surfing, karate, skateboarding and rock climbing will make their debut, and this gives a clear signal that sport like poker which is mind game may get the place in Olympic in the future.
Now the question here is, if the Poker gets the place in the Olympic, what kind of game will be allowed? The answer is “Match Poker.”
According to the International Federation of Match Poker (IFMP), based in Switzerland:
“In Match Poker, no gambling is involved, and the sport is made for players of all age groups and genders globally. It is best portrayed as a team sport where the element of chance inherent in the ‘random draw of cards’ has been removed. So, this will make the Match Poker different from variations of the game used in the gaming sector.”