Asian Games: IOA and ESFI Discuss Esports Readiness Roadmap


New Delhi, February 17 (IANS): The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has started a dialogue with non-Olympic sports federations to support preparations and planning for the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

As part of this dialogue, IOA President Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra recently met with officials from nine sports federations including the Electronic Sports Federation of India (ESFI) on Monday to discuss their preparations.

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.

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 a bronze medal in the esports title HearthStone 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 Dhruv Batra, 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, Esports. Indian Federation and Vice President of Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) after the meeting.

“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. “, did he declare.

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

Besides ESFI, other national sports federations of bridge, chess, Ju-Jitshu, kurash, Sepak takraw, sport climbing, soft tennis and softball participated in the meeting.


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