IOA Meets ESFI to Discuss Roadmap for Esports at the Asian Games 2022

Entertainment | February 16, 2022 | News

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Esports Federation of India (ESFI) Asian Games 2022

Esports is set to make its debut as a medal event at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China to be held from 10 to 25 September 2022. 

In a bid to take a stalk of the preparations and planning of non-Olympic sports federations participating at the upcoming Asian Games, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President, Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra called upon and met the officials of 9 sports federations, including Esports Federation of India (ESFI) at the Olympic Bhawan on 14 February 2022.

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

Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF) said, “We are very thankful to the President of IOA Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra ji for appraising ESFI & other non-Olympic sports federations on the various organizing aspects of the Asian Games, to be staged later this year. We also discussed & apprised Batra ji on the preparations, requirements and future planning for the country’s Esports contingent and ‘AESF’s Road to Asian Games’ program which will be launched soon to select the national esports contingent of our country. The “AESF Road to Asian Games 2022” will prove to be a milestone journey and act as a catalyst in not only the growth of the esports ecosystem in India but also to consider esports as a form of sports in India. At ESFI end, we are fully committed to growing the esports ecosystem and creating enough opportunities for the Indian esports athletes to participate in the various such events of repute.”

Vinod Kumar Tiwari, President of Esports Federation of India said, “ESFI is committed to the development of esports and bringing together the esports fraternity to unlock the full potential of our athletes and provide them with enough international opportunities to compete with their counterparts at an equal level. We take this opportunity to further request the esports community to carry on with their training and get used to the challenges for making into the team to represent in this mega event.”

The 2022 edition of the Asian Games will see medals being awarded in eight categories of Esports, which are EA SPORTS FIFA branded soccer 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 to launch ‘AESF Road to Asian Games’ to decide Indian Team’s selection. The last date of the Indian Team’s ‘Entry by Name’ is 15 April 2022.

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