Bali has been "confirmed" as the host for the 2022 World Esports Championships ©IESF

The International Esports Federation (IESF) says Bali has been "confirmed" as host of its World Esports Championships later this year, despite the country's National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) being declared non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Indonesia's NADO was added to WADA's non-compliance list in October for not implementing effective testing programmes.

It means the country should not be awarded the right to host any regional, continental or World Championship events by signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code.

The IESF is a signatory.

"The Indonesian NADO is currently in the process of reinstatement as it looks to address all its non-conformities," a WADA spokesperson told insidethegames, declining to comment further.

Indonesia was unanimously selected to be the host of the 2022 World Championships by the IESF Executive Board.

Bali was even presented with the IESF flag at the 13th edition of its marquee competition in Eilat in Israel.

In now announcing Bali had been "confirmed" as host, the IESF also announced a slight shift from the anticipated dates.

The event is now timetabled to take place from November 27 to December 8.

The IESF has denied any wrongdoing.

"IESF, as a WADA signatory since 2013, has always complied to the rules and regulations set by the organization," said IESF secretary general Boban Totovski in a statement to insidethegames.

"In the past 8 years, we have developed a clear protocol and made sure robust Anti-Doping programmes are in place at our events.

"Regarding the 2022 World Championships, the awarding process was completed in 2021 with the following key dates:

"1. February-March 2021 - Preparation of bidding documents.

"2. May 2021 - Board approval and distribution of bidding documents to all IESF members, cities and partners.

"3. September 14th - Awarding the Host City to Bali and signing the agreement in Budapest.

"4. November 19th - Official announcement during 2021 World Championships in Eilat, respecting IESF tradition of announcing and passing the flag to the next host.

"The IESF is dedicated to the fight against doping and is committed to enforcing and promoting clean sport worldwide through the entire Esports Family. 

"Please be assured that we would never go against any position or decision of WADA.

"The IESF has been reassured by the Indonesian Olympic Committee regarding their specific attention and concentration to resolve the situation with WADA far in advance of our event this year."

Athletes from a total of 120 countries are set to compete in regional qualifiers for the upcoming event.

"Big thank you to the President of the Indonesian Olympic Committee and to the entire Indonesian team," said IESF President Vlad Marinescu when the flag was handed over in November.

"We appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing the biggest and most inclusive World Esports Championships in history!

"We are bringing the largest and freshest sport to this beautiful tropical destination for the first time."

The IESF has staged World Championships every year since 2009 - although COVID-19 forced the cancellation of 2020's finals.

The IESF is one of two organisations claiming to be the global governing body for esports, along with the Global Esports Federation, which was established in 2019.