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ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli speaks at the Esports Forum

ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli speaks at the Esports Forum

July 23, 2018

The Esports Forum took place on 20 and 21 July in Lausanne, Switzerland at The Olympic Museum. Organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the Esports Forum brought together leading figures within the esports industry and the Olympic Movement to discuss opportunities for further engagement and interaction.

Participants included leading stakeholders in the esports industry, game publishers, event organisers, integrity bodies, players, teams, broadcasters, media, independents, academics, and representatives of the Olympic Movement, including IOC members, Olympic athletes, commercial partners, rights holding broadcasters, representatives of International Sports Federations and National Olympic Committees.

GAISF President, Patrick Baumann giving the overview at the ESports industry. Picture credits: Getty Images

The Forum objectives were to increase engagement with the esports industry, have an open discussion and share information and points of view, and build joint awareness between the eSport industry and the Olympic Movement. The Esports Forum was the first Olympic Movement meeting with the esports industry.

The ARISF President and First GAISF Vice President Raffaele Chiulli spoke at the Roundtable on SPORTS ORGANISATIONS, GOVERNANCE, STRUCTURES, AND BEST PRACTICES The Roundtable full list of panellists herewith below.

  • Kit McConnell, Sports Director, International Olympic Committee
  • Raffaele Chiulli, President, Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF)
  • Sangwon Leopold Chung, Secretary-General, International e-Sports Federation 
  • Hans Jagnow, CEO, Esports Bund Deutschland
  • Chester King, Founder & CEO, British Esports Association
  • Nate Nanzer, Commissioner, Overwatch League
  • Chris Overholt, Chief Executive Officer & Secretary General, Canadian Olympic Committee
  • Jan Pommer, Director, Team Relations, Electronic Sports League (ESL)
  • Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, G2 Esports

Raffaele Chiulli, speaker at IOC – GAISF Esports Forum, Picture credits: Getty Images

President Raffaele Chiulli at the IOC-GAISF Esports Forum

Raffaele Chiulli gave an overview on the International Sport Federations structure and best practices and then stated: “Athletes are at the center of sports. Athletes must be nurtured and protected. We must ensure that sport is sustainable, it has a social responsibility to leave a great legacy. It's vital that we educate athletes, coaches and officials to play fair.”

main Photo: IOC President, Thomas Bach opening the Esports Forum, Picture credits: Getty Images