Boban Totovski, Secretary General of the IESF (International Esports Federation), said esports is on track to be part of the Olympic program.
“In 2020, we received advice from their membership group that we meet all the requirements to be full members of the World Association of International Sports Federations. GAISF and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) are working in close collaboration.
There is no reason why an Esports athlete should not receive the same respect as a footballer or other sportsperson.
— Totovski, IESF General Secretary
The GAISF Members’ Assembly was supposed to take place in Russia, but it has been postponed. So now we wait. But it’s a long process… there’s a lot of documentation, structure and plans,” Totovski said at the Sportstar North Sports Conclave in Lucknow on Thursday.
The Director of Esports Federation of India, Lokesh Suji, has shared his view on why he feels wronged when it is said that esports athletes are not regular sports people.
He said: “What people see is someone sitting behind a computer screen, a phone or a PlayStation. But you have to react very quickly and to have the capacity, you have to be in very good physical health… We even need sports psychologists. Before our athletes left for the Commonwealth Championships, we had a session with Mandeha.
Totovski added: “There is no reason why an Esports athlete should not receive the same respect as a footballer or other sportsman.”
Third, though said, physicality only becomes important in certain games.
“Hearthstone is a combination of chess and poker. Like poker, it has the random component, while it also has the strategic moves of chess. For Hearthstone, it doesn’t require a lot of physical skill. In DOTA, you must have good hand-eye coordination and other physical attributes Sportsmen like Hima Das, they have also recognized the same.
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