eSports closer and closer becoming an Olympic sport ?!





The International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) is working towards obtaining the recognition of the International Olympic Committee.

On February 19th, IeSF has submitted the “Official Letter of Request” to IOC making the first action to attain the recognition. This was followed by an answer, on April 8th, from the International Olympic Committee explaining all the procedures and next steps the International e-Sports Federation must take. The IeSF will submit all related documents and will take its first evaluation in December 2016.


The IeSF is working hard to bring eSports into the world of traditional sports, this includes:

  • Becoming this official signatory of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) in 2013.
  • Working with OCA (Olympic Council of Asia).
  • Being a member of TAFISA (The Association for International Sports for all) since 2014.
  • Signing an official Partnership agreement with IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations).
  • Hosting the 8th e-Sporst World Championship in October during the 2016 World Sports for All Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Taking part in the SportAccord Convention from April 18th-22nd to take further steps in the sports society.


Byung Hun Jun, President of IeSF, said: “IeSF is currently working hard to receive SportAccord membership, and simultaneously taking an additional challenge this year to take its steps for IOC recognition” . “This challenge can be successfully completed with the continuous support from our e-sport fans, Athletes, game companies, and partners working together in the e-sports industry”.


2016 will be a challenging year for the International e-Sports Federation as it will continue developing the “IeSF e-Sports Academy”, manage the e-sports event during 2016 World Sports for All Games (October – Jakarta, Indonesia) and working to be recognized by the International Olympic Committee and getting the SportAccord Membership.


[Source : IeSF]


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