Batumi to Host Olympiad-2018

Время публикации: 14.08.2014 01:06 | Последнее обновление: 14.08.2014 14:34

Chess to stay in Caucasus 

The last day of FIDE Congress was the longest: the procedures connected to different elections started early in the morning and lasted till late evening. Apart from other decisions FIDE Vice-Presidents were elected. The venue for the Olympiad 2018 was also decided. Two cities competed: South African Durban and Batumi of Georgia.

The intensity of the applause delegates presented the presentations (each team had 15 minutes to present their city) made clear their preferences: only one part of the audience applauded for South Africa's presentation, while wild applause was enjoyed by Levan Kipiani, the Minister of Sports and Youth of Georgia and now the ECU president Zurab Azmaiparashvili.   

The result was 93 votes against 58 in favor of Batumi.  

Thus, main team events will stay in Caucasus in the nearest future: Baku will host Olympiad 2016, two years after Batumi which is 900 kilometers away fromt he Azerbaijani capital will welcome the participants and delegations. 


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