One of the biggest sporting events of the year – the Asian Games 2022 (ASIAD 2022) which was scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China has officially announced its indefinite postponement. The reason given is due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chinese Olympic Committee said it would announce the return date of ASIAD 2022 in the future.
ASIAD 2022 is officially postponed indefinitely
This is really a big shock to the world sports in general and Esports and League of Legends in particular. Because, this is the first time Esports and League of Legends alone have the opportunity to compete for a medal at an Asian Games. Moreover, at the 2018 Asian Games, Chinese League of Legends defeated the Korean team. Certainly, Korean fans have high hopes for the team to be able to take revenge in this comeback. In addition, the gold medal at the Asian Games will help Faker be exempted from mandatory military service as prescribed by Korean law.
ASIAD 2022 is an opportunity for players who have come of age like Faker to have the opportunity to be exempt from mandatory military service in accordance with Korean law.
But with ASIAD 2022 officially postponed, this will have a serious impact on Faker’s career. Because, at the present time, the legend of the world League of Legends village is 26 years old and if in the case of ASIAD 2022 being postponed to 2023, Faker would be 27 years old then. Having just reached the age of military service is one thing, and no one can be sure that “Demon King” will keep his current good form until next year.
If he can’t attend ASIAD or can’t get a medal, Faker’s career may be threatened when he is at the age on the other side of the career slope, and still has obligations.
In the context that the COVID-19 epidemic is still complicated, it is not difficult to understand when the Chinese side has taken strict measures to control the epidemic situation. Right at the 2022 LPL Spring Split, when the epidemic showed signs of resurgence, the teams immediately switched to online competition. And recently, the LPL side has been given a special way by Riot to play online instead of joining forces in Busan like other teams.
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With ASIAD 2022 postponed, Faker’s goal this year is only MSI 2022, Summer 2022 and Worlds 2022. And “Demon King” himself is probably one of the most disappointed, especially when he was on the other side of the slope of his career and was preparing to join the military service according to Korean regulations.