VIRESA to help organise e-sports in SEA Games 32

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Representatives of VIRESA and EFC signed a cooperation deal in Hà Nội on May 24. VIRESA will help EFC organise e-sports in the 32nd SEA Games next year. Photo of VGP

HÀ NỘI — The Vietnam Recreational and Electronic Sport Association (VIRESA) will support E-sport Federation Cambodia (EFC) to organise e-sport events at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games.

A cooperation signing ceremony between the two sides was held in Hà Nội on Tuesday, one day after the close of the SEA Games 31.

“With our rich experience and ability and together with our SEA Games partners, we are willing to help EFC in all stages of organisation,” Nguyễn Xuân Cường, VIRESA chairman, said at the ceremony.

“We can help them by choosing competition events, publishing technical handbooks, recruiting and training coaches and players for the national team, and referees to officiate tournaments. We can also introduce sponsors and organise all e-sport events at the 32nd Games with the best quality,” Cường said.

Vath Chamroeun, general secretary of the Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee, said VIRESA’s support was important for Cambodia, especially when the Kingdom was to host the regional sports meet for the first time.

100 Cambodian officials were sent to Hà Nội to learn and experience Việt Nam’s SEA Games preparation and organising activities.

E-sports will be one of 40 sports held at the 32nd SEA Games, scheduled from May 5-16, 2023. All 11 ASEAN member countries will take part in the Games.

At the 31st Games, e-sports was held for the second time. It was the only sport that was organised at private expense. VIRESA took charge of all preparation steps from facilities to player selection and refereeing activities.

E-sports were held from May 13-22 with eight events. Athletes competed for 10 sets of medals.

Việt Nam team took four golds and three silvers to top the medal tally. — VNS

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