Global Esports Federation (GEF) has welcomed World Karate Federation, Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (World Pentathlon) and International Canoe Federation as its new members.
“The addition of new International Federation members is testament to the vital work the Global Esports Federation has put in to develop the community and facilitating the convergence of esports, sport, technology and innovation. We anticipate greater collaboration among our members and partners in developing initiatives that are in service to the esports community through our #worldconnected platform,” Chris Chan, President of Global Esports Federation, said.
“We believe that the strategic partnership with the Global Esports Federation puts the World Karate Federation in the front lines of esports initiatives. This collaboration shows the WKF’s interest in continuing breaking new grounds, and it further demonstrates that karate is a modern discipline, constantly adapting to move ahead with the times. By working with key partners such as the GEF, we enable digital transformation for the sport to reach out to a larger audience globally. This is the first of a good deal of exciting news to come regarding karate and esports,” Antonio Espinós, President of World Karate Federation, said.
“We are excited to partner with the Global Esports Federation to provide more opportunities to participate in esports to members of our global UIPM Sports community and the wider world. Like the International Olympic Committee, we see great potential for incorporating electronic and virtual forms of UIPM Sports into our movement. UIPM is committed to innovation – in the spirit of the founder of Modern Pentathlon, Baron Pierre de Coubertin – and to making our sports appeal to younger generations,” Dr Klaus Schormann, President of UIPM, said.
“The International Canoe Federation is excited to join the Global Esports Federation, and to jointly explore and develop an interactive and engaging esports experience for canoeing. The opportunities to elevate a physical sport with technology is boundless and is limited only by the imagination. We look forward to embracing esports as a new frontier to evolve the sport and appeal to an even wider audience globally,” José Perurena López, President of International Canoe Federation, said.