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ESFI To Select Indian Esports Team For ASIAD

The Esports Federation of India (ESFI) along with the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), will have regional esports competitions in Southeast Asia in India’s run-up to the Asian Games 2022, under the Road to Asian Games programme (RDAG).

The Indian team, finalised by ESFI, through national qualifiers, will then play at the RDAG regionals — the last step before the final. Esport will make its debut as a medal event in the Asian Games for the first time in Hangzou, China, later this year.

Online training will be provided by reputed coaches of the International Esports Federation (IESF) and the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) during the programme.

It will be helpful for the likes of Tirth Mehta, who won a bronze medal in Hearthstone at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta when Esports was a demonstration event. Mehta would be eyeing a podium finish in the Hangzhou Games to be held from September 10 to 25).

INOX Leisure Ltd and ESFI have joined hands to coach and train the Indian team as well as promote Esports across the country.

“With the introduction of Esports as a medal event in 2022 Asian Games and demonstrative event at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, it is overwhelming to see how corporates are now coming forward and supporting Esports,” Mehta said.

“As a player, such backing gives us a sense of assurance that the ecosystem will continue to strengthen and we as an Esports player will be benefiting from such associations.”

The programme aims to take Esports to the masses using INOX cinemas as venues for tournaments, streaming of live competitions, providing training opportunities and offering a talent scouting platform for future global events.

“We are thrilled to bring the action of Esports to the cinemas of INOX in collaboration with Esports Federation of India,” INOX Leisure Limited CEO Alok Tandon said.

“We believe, this will help us popularize Esports at a much faster pace in our country. With Esports gaining global significance, there cannot be a better time for us to fulfil this responsibility.”

(PTI)

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