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. 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.”
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.
“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,” said Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF)
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.