Thursday, 25 August 2016

Further proof that eSports is now a sport!

Emil "HeatoN" Christensen - picture courtesy of
Sources in the Swedish eSports Federation (SeSF) have just advised "eSports, and other games", that Emil"HeatoN" Christensen  (of Ninja's in Pyjamas - NiP - fame) will compete against ex-olympians and world champions in traditional sport in Sweden's Ninth season of the Masters Championship.

This year Ninja's in Pyjamas are currently one off the most successful CounterStrike: GO teams in the world.

Fans are delighted now to shape culture, which sees the news as a confirmation of e-sports as a "real" sport. 

Emil "HeatoN" Christensen will be competing against:

Helen Alfredsson, golf
Born in 1965 in Gothenburg and started playing golf at age eleven. As an amateur, she won SM 1981-84, 1986, 1988. Became professional in 1989 on the European Tour and came to the LPGA Tour in 1992. She won a major (the Kraft Nabisco Championship, 1993) and four LPGA titles. Helen Alfredsson represented Europe in the Solheim Cup eight times, which is the second most of all in the European team (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2007 and 2009.

Jonas Bjorkman, tennis
Born in 1972 in Alvesta who turned professional ATP player in 1991 and until 54 November 2008 won double titles and six singles titles. At best he was ranked world number one in doubles and number four in the singles. Was considered to have one of the world's top server tours and volleys and well known for its own victory gesture: "Brussels stage."

Cissi Ferm, basketball
Born in 1975 in Stockholm who has played for elite clubs Nerike and Solna Vikings. She has played in both the Deaf and hearing the national team in basketball, has won six European Championships for the Deaf, the World Championships for the Deaf, an Olympic gold medal for the deaf, eight national championships for the hearing and U20 gold for the hearing. She was named the world's best dövidrottare in both 2001 and 2004.

Kjell Isaksson, pole vault
Born in 1948 in Stockholm, which competed for Sundbybergs IK and Österhaningen IF. Had the world record in the pole vault outdoors for a few months in 1972 and world record indoors in three installments from 1970 to 1972. Won ten SM rod, silver in there Championships in 1969 and two silver in the European Championships Indoor in 1970 and 1971. In addition to their athletic performance Kjell Isaksson became known to a wider audience when he was a successful participant in the SVT program "Superstars".

Janni Larsson, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Born in 1987 in Kristinehamn. At age 14 she moved to Jönköping and it was there that he began his Jiu-Jitsu training. Has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is the first world champion with the black belt from Sweden. When Brazilian Jui-Jitsu came to Sweden in 2007 began Janni immediately compete. In 2010 she moved to Denmark to improve their training facilities. She ended her career 2015.

Martin Lidberg, wrestling
Born in 1973 in Stockholm and competed in Greco-Roman wrestling. Took the European Championship in 2000 in the 85 kg class and European Championship gold in 2004 in the 96 kg class, World Championships 2003 in the 96-kg class and both the European and World Championship bronze in 1998. Finished his career in 2007.

Josefin Lillhage, swimming
Born in 1980 in Askim, outside Gothenburg and Väsby Simsällskap. She is one of the most successful swimmer of all time and was "resident" in the national team from 1995 to 2010, when she finished her career. Her biggest success came in freestyle and European Championship gold in the 200m when she defeated world number one Laure Manadou and was only two hundredths of the world record she counts as one of its highlights. In total she has 43 medals in international competitions, including individual World Championship gold, silver and bronze, and three European Championships.

Maria Rooth, ice hockey
Born in 1979 in Änge Holm and started playing ice hockey in Rogle BK's boys team. After high school she moved to Boston and played one season with the Assabet Valley Girls Club. In American college hockey, she was recruited to the University of Minnesota and played for the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs and won the US college championships 2001-2003. Participated in the Swedish Olympic women's ice hockey national team 1998-2006 and took Olympic silver in 2006. In December 2014 - after finishing career in 2010 - she was elected as the first Swedish woman into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

Per-Olof "Posa" Serenius, ice racing
Born in 1948 in Hedemora Posa became world champion in ice racing on two occasions, 1995 and 2002. He is also the world champion teams (1985, 1995, 2002) and has participated in a total of 32 World Cup finals, where he, in addition to her two World Championship gold also three silver medals. Posa Serenius is the protagonist of the documentary film "Icy Riders" (2008).

Therese Sjögran, football
Born in 1977 in Lund and debuted in Veberöds A team (Division III) at age 14. 1997 enlisted Wä IF her and during the year the club went up in the Damallsvenskan. October 30 the same year she made her debut in the Swedish national team. 2000 wrote on Sjögran of Malmö FF, where she stayed until 2011, when she made a proffsår in the US (Sky Blue FC). She has the Swedish record in the number of international matches played - 210 pieces.

Therese Sjögran, football
Born in 1976 in Gothenburg, a midfielder with the number 8 in Elfsborg from 1994 to autumn 2015. 2001-2005 he played in Southampton. Played in the Swedish national team from 1999 to 2013 and, according to official statistics, Anders Svensson, the male player who played the most internationals - 148 pieces. He became a Swedish champion with Elfsborg in 2006 and 2012 and participated in the 2002 World Cup and 2006 and European Championship in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

- It will be really fun to be with, but most of all we prove that there is no doubt that e-sports is a sport and what we can do together, translated from what Christensen wrote on Facebook. (Det ska bli riktigt kul att vara med, men allra mest att vi alla bevisar att det inte är något snack om att e-sport är en sport och vad vi kan göra tillsammans).

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