Dring the period of the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games (2013 AIMAG), IeSF hosted “IeSF 2013 Asia Conference” in Songdo Convensia on 2nd July. The module of IeSF 2013 Asia Conference was slightly upgraded, as not only IeSF member association members, but members of NOC and national federation in non-member countries attended. In the conference, IeSF secretariat staffs shared the vision of IeSF and strategy for development of Asian e-Sports with attendees.
Mr. Won Suk Oh, the Secretary General of IeSF, conducted the 1st presentation. In his presentation, he introduced the history of IeSF and the vision of IeSF, which can be regarded as “Sport Accord Affiliation Project.” The presentation of Mr. Oh provoked interests of NOC members as well as attendees from non-member countries, who have not been aware of the possibility of e-Sports in Sport field. Especially, attendees were encouraged with the fact that the submission of Sport Accord applicant was made.
The 2nd presentation was led by Alex Lim from IeSF, with topic of the strategy of establishment of Asia e-Sports Confederation. Alex started his presentation by sharing the case of failure of former Asia Confederation, which was promoted without IeSF HQ and Olympic Council of Asia. After that, Alex showed the strategy of establishing new Asia Confederation with transparency and good governance, requesting support of NOC and NF.
Then, Jay Shin was handed over the final presentation, “2017 Asia Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan (2017 AIMAG).” Jay started with the vision of AIMAG, as the 1st precedent of e-Sports in Mega Sport Event. And Jay expressed the necessity of support of NOCs and NFs in Asia as well as the host country, Turkmenistan. Mr. Azat Muradov, the secretary general of Turkmenistan NOC, sympathized with the responsibility for adopting e-Sports as the official discipline in 2017 AIMAG and agreed with making the 1st step, establishing National Federation in Turkmenistan.
Through the IeSF 2013 Asia Conference, IeSF expects to strike a balance between Europe and Asia continent, by accepting more Asia member countries. Also, IeSF will start the process of establishing Asia Confederation with cooperation of member countries by 2014 IeSF general meeting. After establishment of Asia Confederation, IeSF will attempt to make e-Sports adopted in Mega Sport Events in Asian regions, including AIMAG continuously.
The Secretary General, Mr. Won Suk Oh speaks his aspiration, “It was a good chance for us that IeSF 2013 Asia Conference was attended by many Asian countries through 2013 AIMAG. Also, we were surprised with the huge interests of Sport Bodies in e-Sports. On behalf of IeSF, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all attendees.”
The international coordinator of IeSF, Alex Lim expressed, “I am so pleased with the result which was much better than I expected. As we made a consensus with all members, we will try to make what was discussed today come true. This movement of Asia will be a good precedent to other continents in near future.”