The Italian Taekwondo Federation (FITA) has officially entered e-sports with the creation of a national team. Known as the eFITA National Teamthe federation has nominated the Italian Tekken player Daniel Madonia as its first representative.
Madonia is currently ranked fourth on the Tekken World Tour 2023 following her fourth place finish at Combo Breaker 2023, one of the circuit’s recently concluded Masters level events. This was Madonia’s first time competing under eFITA. Last year, the player placed fourth at the Tekken World Tour 2022: West Europe Regional Finals.
According to the federation, the Tekken player will gain greater visibility under eFITA due to Madonia competing for an Italian National Federation in an official capacity. In addition to working with the player, eFITA also collaborates with Italian eSports organization HG eSports, the team Madonia represents.
FITA emphasized that the initiative was driven by its Federal President, Angelo Cito.who has shown an open attitude to the evolution of e-sports and is aware of its importance and influence on future generations. The federation also affirmed that the decision represents a step forward for the recognition of e-sports as a sport discipline.
In recent years, there have been a growing number of initiatives that aim to push e-sports into the world of traditional sports, from the inclusion of esports in major sporting events such as the SEA Games and the Commonwealth Games of 2022until the development of the Olympic Esports Week.