e-Sports included in the Asian Games
by Han Cilliers (Lola) Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:59:18 AM The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the body which controls all sports in Asia approved the inclusion of e-Sports at the Asian Games. This is a giant leap for cyber athletes; it means that the discipline of e-Sports is being taken serious by a traditional governing body of Sport. The OCA was formed in 1982 and has its permanent headquarters in Kuwait. The main objective of the OCA is to develop sport, culture and education of Asian youth as well as to promote international respect, friendship, goodwill and peace through sports. The main objectives of the OCA is to apply and uphold the Olympic principles as defined in the Olympic Charter, to be the sole organization in overall charge of sports in Asia and the representative authority with all other bodies/authorities responsible for Olympic, Asian, Continental, International and World Games. Not only will the OCA help co ordinate with the hosting of the Asian, International and Regional Games, they will also be responsible to solve, as the supreme Asian Sports Organization, any sports problems that may arise among Asian countries or between them and others.
I had a talk with Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) president, Colin Webster, about the implications of this announcement. The MSSA has been part of placing local gamers on the international e-Sports arena for years. Webster has also been working closely with the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) for the promotion of a governing body for e-Sports. This is the single most important obstacle to overcome before e-Sports can be considered to enter the Olympic Games.
A letter from Colin Webster, President of Mind Sports South Africa “One of the main objectives of the MSSA and its international body, the IeSF, is to have e-Sports accredited as a full sport. While the MSSA has achieved such objective within South Africa, it is the IeSF that has...
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