The General Body of the International Esports Federation (IESF) has elected Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation of India (ESFI) and Vice-President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), to its esteemed Membership Committee on a three-year term. This election marks the first time that an Indian has become a part of the membership committee of the International Esports Federation.
The IESF is a global Esports organization working towards promoting Esports as a true sport beyond language, race, and culture barriers. Its Membership Committee is instrumental in upholding consistency, fairness, and excellence among its members. They enforce the federation’s rules, promote integrity, and nurture unity within the Esports community. The committee also carefully assesses new member applications to maintain high standards and advance the global Esports mission.
The elections for Mr. Suji’s appointment were conducted during the recent Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of the IESF on August 28 in Iasi, Romania, where out of the 70 voting and present members, a majority of 42 member countries voted in favor of his selection. As part of the membership committee, he will now leverage his vast experience and expertise to ensure a seamless execution of the process, contributing to a bright future for Esports within the IESF.
Mr. Vlad Marinescu, President of the IESF expressed his elation on Mr.Suji’s election by saying, “We are thrilled to introduce Mr. Lokesh Suji as the newest addition to the IESF Membership Committee. Drawing from our extensive collaboration over the past few years, I possess unwavering confidence in his passion, capabilities and commitment to advancing the global Esports community.”
“Under Lokesh’s leadership, ESFI has not only significantly contributed to raising Esports to a multi-sport status in India, but the nation has also achieved remarkable milestones on the global stage. His vision for promoting democratic and transparent processes seamlessly aligns with ours, making him an invaluable asset for propelling the growth of the IESF family. Lokesh epitomizes the essence of Indian culture, reflecting the philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (World is one family)’, which celebrates a world without boundaries and envisions global unity as one harmonious family.”
Mr. Lokesh Suji is a pioneer and well-respected figure in the Indian as well as global Esports industry and has showcased exceptional thought leadership throughout his tenure as the Director of ESFI and Vice-president of AESF. Under his guidance, ESFI has established a thriving ecosystem for Esports in India, contributing significantly to the official recognition of Esports as a multi-sport event by the Indian government.
Led by his vision, ESFI has successfully organized fair national qualifiers to select the athletes for representing the country at prestigious international events such as the World Esports Championships and Global Esports Games year after year. ESFI has been sending the Indian Esports contingent to major multi-sport tournaments such as the Asian Games 2018 where Esports was a demonstration event and the Commonwealth Esports Championships last year where the nation’s talented athletes scripted history by clinching historic bronze medals in Hearthstone and DOTA 2 respectively.
Additionally, ESFI will also be sending the 15-member contingent to compete at the upcoming Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou where Esports is debuting as an official medal sport.
Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF) said, “It is an honor to be elected to the Membership Committee of the IESF and be part of an organization that has been driving the global Esports movement forward for so long. This election is a testament to the dedication of ESFI and the growth of the Indian Esports community. I would like to thank all the members of the IESF for their continuous support and look forward to working with the committee to contribute to the growth and integrity of Esports on a global scale.“
With this, India continues to expand its footprint in the global Esports landscape and establish itself as a powerhouse in the sport. Mr. Lokesh Suji’s election to the IESF Membership Committee reflects his consistent commitment to Esports getting recognition as a legitimate and globally respected mainstream sport.
The Esports Federation of India (ESFI) is a full member of the International Esports Federation (IESF), Global Esports Federation (GEF), and Asian Esports Federation (AESF). ESFI participated in Asian Games 2018, where Tirth Mehta got India’s first bronze in esports (demonstration title), and in CWC 2022, where the Indian DOTA 2 team won the bronze medal.
ESFI will be sending the 15-member Indian contingent to participate in four titles – DOTA 2, League of Legends, Street Fighter V Champion Edition, and FIFA Online 4 for the upcoming Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou where Esports is making its debut as an official medal sport.
To promote, encourage, organize, educate, train, and control Esports in India and to provide facilities for training in Esports, build and sustain the Esports eco-system in India, not limiting to providing, conceptualizing, opening, managing, running, developing, facilitating, and promoting all areas of Esports and to provide all other possible and related forms of Esports.
Smit is a sports writer at Gutshot Magazine. After completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Media, and a Master’s degree in Sports Management, this sports fanatic uses articles as a tool to express his opinions. Bring up cricket or football and you will find this usually quiet guy speak for hours! He also co-heads the official supporters club of Chelsea FC in Mumbai, wherein he hosts screenings, football meets and other such events.
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