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International Esports Federation elects new board as Marinescu retains seat

The International Esports Federation (IESF) has elected its new board, which will comprise six members from six different nations.

The board, which was elected at the IESF’s recent general meeting and covers the period from 2019 to 2022, includes president Colin Webster (South Africa), vice-president Vlad Marinescu (USA), His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al-Nahyan (United Arab Emirates), Young Man Kim (South Korea), Ido Brosh (Israel) and Boban Totovski (Macedonia).

The IESF said the board members reflect the “global footprint” of the IESF and provides the federation with greater reach than ever before.

Marinescu (pictured), president of the United States eSports Federation, joined the IESF’s board in April. He formerly served as director of the presidential office at the International Judo Federation before a spell as director general of SportAccord, for whom he monitored application processes for recognition of international federations.

At SportAccord, Marinescu worked under controversial president Marius Vizer (with whom he had previously worked at the IJF).

The IESF was established in 2008 as a non-profit organisation with over 56 national federations.

The announcement of its new board comes after a rival world federation for esports launched earlier this week. The Global Esports Federation (GEF) has been backed by Chinese technology company Tencent and will be based in headquartered in Singapore, with aims to stage an annual global tournament.