IeSF chief visits Dubai Sports Council to discuss cooperation
DUBAI (Pakistan Point News - 16th Oct, 2019) The International Esports Federation (IeSF) are eager to move their global headquarters to Dubai following their chief Colin Webster’s visit to the city for the Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports (DAIS) Conference and Exhibition, which was held earlier at Dubai World Trade Centre on October 14-15.
IeSF also have plans to organise a number of top events in Dubai, including their annual conference which brings together different stakeholders on a common platform to exchange ideas, create synergies and to reach a mutual consensus on how to develop esports.
Webster, who signed an MOU on behalf of IeSF with Dubai Sports Council (DSC) on day two of DAIS, revealed his plans on a visit to DSC on Wednesday where he met HE Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, and Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, for discussions.
“I have been to Dubai before and every time I return, I just get blown away by the incredible pace of development here,” said South African Webster, who edged Russia’s Constantine Surkont to take over as president of IeSF last year. “I am just stunned.
‘It is an incredible city, with a great vibe and we would love to shift our global headquarters to Dubai. I believe Dubai can be the global hub of esports. We would love to bring our annual IeSF summit here next year, especially since it is the year of Expo 2020 here.
“We are looking forward to working alongside Dubai Sports Council and the local esports federation to launch new international competitions that will be held here in Dubai. We would love to organise something like esports Club World Cup here, at one of Dubai’s many mazing sports venues. To organise this tournament at a venue like, say, Hamdan Sports Complex would be just amazing.”
The UAE is a member of IeSF, which boasts 60 member states, including five other Arab countries: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Syria. It has organised 10 World Championships since its formation in 2008 and South Korea, current home of IeSF, have been the dominant team, winning eight of the 10 World Championships, and finishing runners-up in 2011 and 2015 after losing to Sweden and Serbia.