World Taekwondo joins The Global Esports Federation (GEF)
The Taekwondo governing body worldwide has been confirmed as an official member of the pioneer for the development of sport-based esports or active esports
World Taekwondo and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have been confirmed as official members of the Global Esports Federation (GEF) in a bid to enhance ‘active esports’, or sports simulated titles.
Active esports are titles that showcase physical movement and use virtual and augmented reality, similarly to what was showcased in Formula 1’s recent Virtual Grand Prix Series.
Chris Chan, President of the Global Esports Federation, stated: “The Global Esports Federation was established to convene the global esports community and celebrate esports. We have experienced an incredible acceleration in our engagement with the world’s International Federations during this unprecedented time. The state of play for sport is progressing rapidly.”
Dr. Chungwon Choue, President of World Taekwondo, added: “We are thrilled to be an active member for the development of active esports. Now more than ever, we need to embrace technological advancement and promote healthy and active lifestyles around the world.”
Michael Chng, CEO of Refract, concluded: “Refract believes the gap of physical activity between video games and traditional sports can be bridged by technology. We are developing technologies for a future where playing video games and being physically active are not mutually exclusive.”
The news follows last month’s announcement that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had agreed an exploratory partnership with the GEF in order to develop a Commonwealth Esports strategy.