Esports athletes from India representing the country in various gaming titles in the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games were provided with training kits by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
According to a press release from Electronic Sports Federation of India (ESFI), the kits were handed to the players by Joint Secretary and acting CEO of the Indian Olympic Association, Kalyan Chaubey at the IOA office in Delhi.
A special meeting was organized by ESFI with the IOA last Wednesday where Chaubey motivated the players for upcoming Asian games while also focusing on an ecosystem that help the growth of esports in the country.
The esports athletes were all hyped up and were thankful for the IOA for their support. Last year, the Indian Dota 2 team managed to secure Bronze medal during the Commonwealth eSports Championship. This year, people from around the country also have high expectations not only from Dota 2 team but also from other qualifiers.
We are confident about Esports having a strong future, says Chaubey
Addressing the people, Chaubey said, “We are confident about Esports having a strong future in India where it will generate a significant amount of interest driven by the young demographic of players in the country. Esports is a new-age sport that every country is playing, and the upcoming Asian Games will mark the beginning of a marathon where we hope that our talented athletes help India take a giant lead against the other competitors.”
He further expressed the desire to make the world think about India whenever we talk about Esports, just like when they associate USA with baseball, Finland with ice hockey, and Brazil, Spain, and Germany with football.
“The IOA remains fully committed to supporting our athletes & ESFI in every possible way, standing by them as they strive to achieve remarkable success and bring home medals,” he added.
Training kits were also exclusively provided by German gaming equipment maker Hama who partnered with ESFI last year in December to serve as the official training partner and provide gaming accessories to players.
Expressing his gratitude, Director of ESFI, Lokesh Suji said, “We are extremely thankful to the IOA and Kalyan Chaubey for sharing their invaluable vision regarding the development of Esports in the country and extending their support in fostering its growth. India’s talented athletes competing at the Asian Games in Hangzhou will serve as a pivotal moment in the country’s Esports journey so far.”
“The training kits presented to them today will equip them in their optimal preparation for the tournament, boosting their performance to let them play at the highest level. Everyone at ESFI is looking forward to working with the IOA to help our athletes make the country proud,” he added.