FIDE Vice-President Gelfer: "I'd Recommend to Cancel the Olympiad If It Is Necessary"

Время публикации: 16.07.2014 23:42 | Последнее обновление: 16.07.2014 23:45

Israel Gelfer, FIDE Vice-President, commented today's news on excluding Russian women's national team from the Olympiad. The decision was made by the organizers of the Olympiad.  


"The organizers of Tromso [Olympiad] are very disappointing. They are causing a lot of problems to FIDE, to the whole world of chess. Unfortunately the organizing committee is influenced by people who are working for Garry Kasparov, they are using it for their election purposes, they are denying visas for our people, they are denying invitations from federations, they are not respecting FIDE president decisions... And FIDE now has to consider very very strict and strong measures against them. We are still deciding what to do, but we are very disappointed by their behaviour, from the way they are handling all the preparations. 

We don't know yet [what measures FIDE will take - CN], we were just informed that they refused several federations that are late in applying, in spite of the president accepting them according to the Olympiad Regulations, Article 6.1. It lies on the hands of FIDE president, but they ignored his letters and FIDE is now considering very strong matters, legal matters [against them].

I would have even recommended to cancel the Olympiad if it is necessary because their behaviour is unacceptable." 


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