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IOC warns Esports developers about “violence” content

Niji Narayan



IOC warns Esports developers about “violence” content
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Thomas Bach, the president of International Olympic Committee (IOC), has categorically stated that there would not be any future of eSports in Olympic events unless “violence or discrimination” is eliminated from eSports altogether.

In an interview with The Associated Press at the Asian Games on Saturday, he said:

“We cannot have in the Olympic program a game which is promoting violence or discrimination. So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot, therefore, be accepted.”

The IOC has been mulling over many of these questions since holding an esports forum in July at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Bach still needs convincing. He won an Olympic gold medal in fencing, which uses swords, and tried to draw a distinction.

“Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people,” he said. “But sport is the civilised expression about this. If you have egames where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values.”

Asian Games organisers several days ago expressed sympathy for victims of the deadly shooting at a video games tournament in a Florida shopping mall.

They faulted US gun laws, not esports.

“But I think this is a bigger issue of gun control and access to guns,” said Kenneth Fok, president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, following the shooting.

In a wide-ranging interview, Bach also talked up Indonesia’s chances of landing the 2032 Olympics. Indonesia President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo surprised the country Saturday by saying it would bid. It comes as the Asian Games close on Sunday with Widodo up for re-election in April.

“You see a successful delivery of the Asian Games,” Bach said. “I think this is a very solid foundation for a good candidature (for Indonesia).”

The IOC has already picked Paris for the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles for 2028. A choice for 2032 would not be made by the IOC until 2025, and Bach said only India and Germany had expressed preliminary interest

Rio spent about $20 billion to organise its Olympics, and Tokyo will spend about the same to run the games and prepare the city.

Bach also asked for realism in the fight against doping. A Russian state-run doping scandal has blighted the last three Olympics, beginning with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

He said the fight had to be “every day with all determination.” But even that won’t be enough.

“You have to be realist, and this means that there will never come the day when we will be able to say we have won the war against doping,” he said.

“Unfortunately, it appears to be that as long as human beings are in competition with each other you will always have some who are looking for their own advantage even by the violation of laws and rules.”

Bach said he and 2020 Tokyo Olympic organisers were concerned about scorching temperatures this summer in the Japanese capital.

But he said he was sleeping “much easier” than he was two years before the problematic Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

“We see the preparations are going on schedule, that you are not confronted with a country that is in crisis, as Brazil was before the games.”

He said he had not been to Brazil since 2016 and said he had no immediate plans to return.

Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Rio de Janeiro organising committee and IOC member, was suspended by the IOC after his arrest on bribery, fraud and vote-buying charges.

He has maintained his innocence.

“You can see today the country is still not out of crisis,” Bach said.





Football for Friendship to share fair play principles in International Coaches Academy new online course

Zoltan Tundik



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Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship unites 211 countries and regions of the world. The programme invites coaches to complete a new online course of the International Football for Friendship Coaches Academy.

The International Football for Friendship Coaches Academy is a free online educational platform for which were created modules of practical exercises aimed at improving the qualifications of coaches of children’s teams and football classes all around the world. The course is based on the successful experience of work with the international children’s teams during various seasons of Football for Friendship. Its goal is to help coaches teach their students the psychology of training and communication with children of different cultures, races, nationalities, and physical abilities.

In total, over the period of the International Football for Friendship Academy’s existence, over 4 000 coaches have completed their education. The course was developed by the heads of the teaching process and coaches of the FC Barcelona Academy, experts of the FIFA and UEFA humanitarian programmes, representatives of Football Union of Russia (FUR), the Brazil national team, FC Delhi Dynamos, FC Zenit, FC Schalke 04, and football federations of different countries.

The new online course offers theory, practical exercises, recommendations on organizing the training process that encourages the principles of fair play, fairness, equality, that form the basis of the Football for Friendship programme. The educational course is free and available in 10 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Russia, Spanish, Turkish.

“It’s very important for a football team coach to gain the trust of young players, to prove that they are themself committed to those human and sporting values that they are trying to convey. The International Football for Friendship Academy is a unique educational platform for coaches around the world: the methodology teaches the training processes, as well as the main principles of interaction with young athletes, and explains what qualities and values should be instilled in young athletes so that they can grow into adult professionals of an international level. I have no doubt that the Academy’s work will have a huge positive effect, both for the coaches and for the players,” notes Real Madrid and Brazil Legend, World Cup winner and 3 times UEFA Champions League Winner, Global Ambassador of Football for Friendship, Roberto Carlos.

The International Football for Friendship Academy is part of the new Digital Platform, which has become the main venue for the programme’s events this year. It provides access to broadcasts, International Children’s Press Center materials, player ratings and championship tables, the schedule of the International Forum and the presentations of projects on the development of children’s football.

About the programme

The International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship is implemented by Gazprom since 2013. Over the previous seven seasons, the programme has united over 6 000 participants from 211 countries and regions and over 5 000 000 supporters.

Young Players and Young Journalists are the participants of the programme – boys and girls aged 12 including children with disabilities. Young Players represent different countries and cultures united in the mixed teams. They show that nationality, gender, and physical abilities aren’t a barrier to becoming a team. Young Journalists cover the events of the programme in the International Children’s Press Center. All participants become Young Ambassadors of the programme and continue to share their Football for Friendship experience and promote universal human values: friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour.

UEFA, FIFA, football federations and the world’s leading football clubs, international charity foundations, famous athletes, politicians, and artists support Football for Friendship. The project has received multiple national and international awards in the field of social responsibility, sports, and communications, including the world record for the most nationalities in a football training session in history.

In 2020, Football for Friendship will be held in the online format. A special digital platform will unite over 10 000 players of all ages. It will become the home for international children’s competitions and a playground where anyone will be able to train, join into the international mixed teams and play their favourite game in the Football for Friendship format without leaving the comfort of their home.

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Zoltan Tundik



Esports Integrated Challenge Kaki Bola Edition
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Esports Integrated (ESI) had successfully streamed the third event of Esports Integrated Challenge Series themed “Kaki Bola Edition” last night on Facebook Live Page ESI – Esports Integrated. The event was attended by YB Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Minister of Youth and Sports, and Ahmed Faris Amir, Chief Executive Officer of ESI at VisualThree Studio in Selangor.

Hosted by Fiera Fendi, the fun-match FIFA21 tournament featured 8 participants from four different groups of personalities namely celebrities, athletes, streamers and FIFA pro-players. The lineups are Tomok (celebrity), Francisca Luhong (Miss Universe Malaysia), Soloz (mobile games pro-player and streamer), Daddyhood (mobile games pro-player and streamer), Steffi Sidhu (futsal athlete), Sean Selvaraj (football athlete), Luqmanhaziq (FIFA Pro), and Ayen (FIFA Pro).

“Today, I am proud to see our national players representing Malaysia Football League (MFL) and eMalaysia Football League (eMFL) here competing in a friendly match to expand the awareness of our Esports industry. I hope that more Malaysians would be inspired by these talents to participate in this booming industry and make Malaysia proud,” said Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

Team Eagle (Ayen and Daddyhood) was crowned the champion to take home RM5,000 cash prize after defeating Team Panther (Luqmanhzq and Ayen) in the final match. Although it was a huge defeat for national FIFA Pro-player Luqmanhzq, it was still amazing to watch national Esports FIFA athletes like Ayen and himself to compete among casual FIFA players who are also the key opinion leaders (KOLs) of their industries.

Lucky audiences who took part in the giveaway contest will bring home the prize pool money worth up to RM3,000 and exclusive merchandise sponsored by VCMC, Football Association of Selangor (FAS), and GamesBond. ESI Challenge Kaki Bola Edition was supported by eGG Network, Team Bosskurr, CoGear Productions, Optimum Information, and Alhamra Games.

Visit Esports Integrated website at, Facebook at @esportsintegrated, Instagram at @esportsintegrated, Twitter at @esi_tweet, YouTube at ESI – Esports Integrated and Twitch at @esportsintegrated for more information.


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Zoltan Tundik



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The past month was very eventful with many news for 4Elements and today we are excited to make the next big step. 4Elements enters League of Legends and becomes part of the 2021 Belgian League as one of the chosen teams.

The Belgian League ( is the official European Regional League of Belgium, signifying a major step in bringing the regional League of Legends scene to a new professional level. The league features six participating teams facing-off for their share of the €25’000 prize pool throughout 2021 and the chance to participate in the European Masters, where the best from each region fight for their glory. The season is split between a Spring split and a Summer split followed by Country Finals.

“4Elements being part of the Belgian League marks a huge step for our company and it is part of our long-term strategy, so I am glad that it worked out. Now let’s create something awesome together with our community.”, said Paul Helder, CEO at 4Elements.

The coming season starts in January and 4Elements has until the end of the year to finalize its roster.

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