Philippine Olympic Committee Gives Accreditation to PESO as the National Sports Association

The Philippine Electronic Sports Organization (PESO) officially announced Sunday that the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has accredited the association as the official “National Sports Association” for electronic sports in the Philippines. In a certificate dated October 9 and signed by POC General Secretary Atty. Edwin B. Gastanes, the federation was named “associate member” and the NSA of esport in the country. In the announcement, PESO President Brian Benjamin Lim thanked the POC for their seal of approval and acknowledged that other associations across the country representing esports may not agree with this determination. “We are honored and grateful for the trust the POC has placed in us,” said Lim. “We take on this enormous responsibility as we continue to support our athletes and promote the growth and development of esports in the country. We also echo POC’s call for unity among esports groups and communities as we all share the same goal of showcasing the skills and abilities of Filipino players in the global arena and, ultimately, to bring glory to our country. The group is also a member of the International Esports Federation (IESF), an international esports federation that claims membership around the world, although it is not recognized as a de facto governing body as there are rival federations. like the Global Esports Federation (GEF) looking to claim this title. Last month, Ramon Suzara questioned the legitimacy of POC’s accreditation of PESO and called on the governing body to reconsider its decision. Suzara served as the head of the organizing committee for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and is the head of the Philippine National Electronic Sports Federation (NESFP). At the time, he asked the POC to wait for the International Olympic Committee to recognize an international federation for esport. The IOC does not recognize the IESF, GEF or any other international esports federation at this time.

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