“Sri Lanka has officially recognised esports as an official sport”, as per a declaration published on October 2nd.
The Ministry of Sports in Sri Lanka published the declaration following an announcement on September 26th by Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunications and Sports.
The order developed out of a decade-long effort by the Sri Lankan Esports Association (SLESA) to see esports legitimised. Esports previously made an appearance at the 2018 Asian Games as a demonstration sport, leading to the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) aiding the effort to approve its official status as a sport. Esports is a flourishing sport in Sri Lanka and is set to make its inaugural appearance as a medal event at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which takes place this December in the Philippines.
Esports Insider says: Sri Lanka leads the charge in South Asia by elevating esports to an officially-recognized sport. The Southeast Asia Games will give esports another official platform in the region and it simply seems like a matter of time until more countries follow suit.