RCF President Addressed an Open Letter to General Director of Department of Sport In Norway Ministry of Culture

Время публикации: 20.07.2014 22:48 | Последнее обновление: 20.07.2014 22:48

Tomorrow morning chess community awaits for the answer of the Organizing Committee of the Tromso Olympiad on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's request to allow Russian and oother eight teams to participate in the event. The FIDE president even posed in a t-shirt in support of the excluded federations. 

The RCF on its turn made an official appeal and published a statement by its the lawyers (more on the issue). Now, the president of RCF addressed an open letter to Ms Marit Wiig, the General Director of the Department of Sport in the Norway Ministry of Culture. 

"I am writing to you, the person in charge of Norwegian sport, in the hope of a fair resolution to the problem that has arisen in preparation for the World Chess Olympiad in Tromsø (to be held 1-15 August this year)," is said in the letter.

Filatov briefly describes the issue and reminds that the Organizing Committee officially confirmed that the event would be held only on June 5. "...less than two months before the start of the tournament. According to the Organizing Committee Director, Mr Hans Olav Karde, the money initially allocated by your Government to hold the Olympiad turned out to be insufficient. Press reports indicated that your Government accommodated the Organisers and allocated an additional tranche. However, instead of speeding up the preparations for the Olympiad, in which more than 150 countries are taking part, the Organizing Committee took decisions which bring no glory to Norwegian sport. The most outrageous decision has been to ban the participation of the Russian women's team - the winners of the two last chess Olympiads."

"...Throughout the history of the Chess Olympiads, which have been held since 1924, the Organizing Committees have never taken such absurd politically driven decisions. We could not let this dangerous precedent pass unnoticed. Lawyers from American company Quinn Emanuel have prepared a lawsuit against the Organizing Committee - which is attached to this letter. We hereby inform you, Ms Wiig, that the Russian Chess Federation will demand a public apology from the Organizing Committee that is due to the Russian women's team. We are confident of the validity of our legal case and will seek compensation for the costs the RCF incurs in filing its law suit and for the moral damage caused to the Russian women's team," is further noted in the letter. 

"I would like to apologize for being too emotional in this letter," writes RCF president Filatov. "but chess is an extremely important and popular sport in Russia. Imagine what Norwegian fans would fee like if, for example, Ole Einar Bjørndalen had been banned from the Sochi Winter Olympic Games through the fault of the Organizing Committee."

The letter is available in English below as pdf file.

Open letter from Filatov.pdf343.2 KB


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