The General Body of the International Esports Federation (IESF) has elected Lokesh Suji, Director of the Esports Federation of India (ESFI) and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), to its Membership Committee on a three-year term.
This marks the first time that an Indian has become a part of the Membership Committee of the IESF.
Vlad Marinescu, President of the IESF, said:
“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 epitomises 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.”
Lokesh Suji, Director of the ESFI and Vice President of the AESF, added:
“It is an honour to be elected to the Membership Committee of the IESF and be part of an organisation 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.“
The ESFI has successfully organised fair national qualifiers to select the athletes for representing the country at prestigious international events such as the World Esports Championships and the Global Esports Games year after year under Suji’s leadership.
The ESFI has also been sending the Indian esports contingent to major multi-sport tournaments, such as the 2018 Asian Games, where esports was a demonstration event, and the Commonwealth Esports Championships last year, where the nation’s talented athletes scripted history by clinching bronze medals in both Hearthstone and DOTA 2.
Additionally, the 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.