BEIJING, China - It's being reported that the ancient Chinese game of mahjong could possibly be included in the sporting program of the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games. But Chen Zelan, president of International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) played down the rumors here on Thursday, saying it remains a remote possibility at the moment, since mahjong has not yet been recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Chen said that the IMSA is making efforts for the Olympic recognition of mind sports, yet they still have to do more to achieve this goal. She added that mahjong now is not officially recognized as a sport even in China.

[Mahjong News Editor's note: In January of 1998, the State Sports Commission of China officially recognized mahjong designating it as the 255th sport].

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