IOA Meets with ESFI to Discuss Esports Preparation and Training Roadmap for Asian Games 2022

IOA President Narinder Batra also met with officials from 8 other non-Olympic sports federations – Bridge, Chess, Ju-Jitshu, Kurash, Sepaktakraw, Sport Climbing, Soft Tennis and Softball.

The Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) is recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia as the sole governing body for electronic sports in the Asian continent. He is also in charge of the technical conduct of esports at the 2022 Asian Games.

ESFI which is a recognized member of the Asian body in India and has been sending esports teams since 2007 to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the latest Asian Games 2018 also where India got the medal of bronze in the HearthStone esports title as Esports was a demo event.

Esports is set to make its debut as a medal event at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, to be held September 10-25.

“We are very grateful to the IOA President, Dr. Narinder Batra ji, for evaluating the ESFI and other non-Olympic sports federations on the various aspects of the organization of the Asian Games, which will take place later. this year,” said Lokesh Suji, Director of ESFI. & Vice-president of the AESF.

“We also discussed and briefed Batra ji on the preparations, requirements and future planning of the national esports contingent and the soon-to-be-launched ‘AESF’s Road to Asian Games’ program to select our country’s national esports contingent. .

“The ‘AESF Road to Asian Games 2022’ will prove to be a landmark journey and will act as a catalyst not only for the growth of the esports ecosystem in India, but also to consider esports as a form of sport. in India.

“From the ESFI side, we are fully committed to developing the esports ecosystem and creating enough opportunities for Indian esports athletes to participate in the various marquee events.”

The meeting was co-chaired by the Head of Mission, Mr. Bhupender Singh Bajwa and detailed discussions were held regarding training camps and various expenses required.

During the meeting, the IOA stressed the need for a fair and transparent selection process for players and athletes. The deadline for submission of Indian team entries by name is 15th April 2022.

ESFI is also recognized by the International Esports Federation (IESF) as well as the Global Esports Federation (GEF), who are responsible for conducting the trial events for the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championship at the Commonwealth Games. of this year which will be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8, 2022.

On behalf of ESFI, Suji, Yugal Sharma, Director, ESFI and Prabhat Kumar, Treasurer, ESFI were present at the meeting. The ESFI team also presented the “Road to Asian Games” jersey to AIO President Batra and Chef de Mission Bhupender Singh Bajwa.

“ESFI is committed to growing esports and bringing together the esports brotherhood to unlock the full potential of our athletes and provide them with enough international opportunities to compete with their counterparts on an equal level.

“We take this opportunity to ask the esports community to continue their training and get used to the challenges of being part of the team to represent in this mega event”, promises Mr. Vinod Kumar Tiwari, President of the Indian Esports Federation.

The 2022 edition of the Asian Games will see medals being awarded in eight Esports categories, which are EA SPORTS FIFA branded football games, an Asian Games version of PUBG Mobile and Arena of Valor, Dota 2, League of Legends, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, Hearthstone and Street Fighter V.

ESFI is once again appealing to likely qualified gamers/players to prepare their passports and get fully vaccinated.

Source: press release

Kristen T. Prall