West African Federations Issue a Joint Declaration In Support of Kasparov

Время публикации: 18.02.2014 00:50 | Последнее обновление: 18.02.2014 18:57

A joint declaration by three West African federations has been published on kasparov2014.com. The Presidents of the National Chess Federations of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria "as members of a new generation of African leaders and managers" state their attitude towards the upcoming elections and particularly current FIDE leadership tactics in regard to them.

"Over the course of the last several weeks, we have been approached, like many of our neighboring African chess federations, and requested to either host or participate in “visits to our countries” by Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of FIDE since November 1995. Almost everywhere, such visits are being officially presented as the occasion to launch “Chess in Schools Programs” in the countries being visited. In actual fact, these visits are being used to exert significant political and financial pressures on the local chess federation Presidents to cast their votes for Mr. Ilyumzhinov, who will be running for his fifth term as FIDE President in the 2014 FIDE elections," is said in the declaration. The presidents of the national federations then stress the importance of changing the traditional strategy used on such occasions in African countries. "“Good Old Way Of Doing Business” (GOWODB) with Africa’s governments, and with its public, private and civil society organizations" must be changed while the campaign of the candidates should be transparent.

Mr. Adeyemi Olalekan (President of the Nigeria Chess Federation),  Mr. George Kweku Arko-Dadzie (President of the Ghana Chess Association) and Dr. Essoh Jean Mathieu Claude Essis (President of the Federation Ivoirienne des Echecs), who sign the declaration urge chess federations in all African countries to reject the current campaign tactics of the FIDE leadership, "We call for the empowerment of African chess federations, clubs and players, and for the promotion of equitable development of chess throughout the world, as endorsed by Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, our candidate for the Presidency of FIDE in 2014."

The declaration at full is available here.

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