Cybersport Officially Acknowledged as Sport in Kyrgyzstan

After two years of struggle and a recent Opera and Ballet Theater scandal, cybersport has been finally recognized as a sport

Cybersport Federation of Kyrgyzstan has confirmed that cybersport was added to the National Registry of Sports of Kyrgyzstan alongside kung fu, curling and cheerleading. The now official sports were included to the C category, which also includes football, basketball and hockey.

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The official acknowledgment of curling, cheerleading, cybersport and kung fu as C category sports
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The official acknowledgment of curling, cheerleading, cybersport and kung fu as C category sports
 

As Kyrgyz Cybersport Federation stated, they received much support from the National Olympic Committee, the State Agency of Youth and Sports, and Russian Cybersport Federation. They shared good news on the official website:

  • ‘’Over the past two years, our small team has been doing all we can to make cybersport acknowledged at the national level. It’s a huge victory for us, but that’s just the beginning. We have a lot of plans and a lot to do. But today we celebrate with a winning game. GG!’’

Surprisingly, just a few weeks ago Dota 2 was in the epicenter of a scandal after Beeline Cyber League, the largest tournament in Kyrgyzstan, was held at The Bishkek Opera and Ballet Theater. The choice of a place for holding the tournament was heavily disapproved by the actors of the theater and the Minister of Culture of Kyrgyzstan. Although the event did not break any laws, the director of the theater had to resign after an avalanche of criticism.