Some Federations May Boycott the Olympiad

Время публикации: 12.06.2012 15:06 | Последнее обновление: 12.06.2012 15:06

The Association of Chess Professionals is calling for Ali Nihat Yazici to take a step back

The Association of Chess Professionals reacted to the recent announcement by the President of the Turkish Chess federation Ali Nihat Yazici. The open letter from the Association's Board gives dues to Yazici as a proactive organiser, who organised a significant number of high-level events.

"However, the ACP Board sees his decision not to invite any principal or arbiter from England, France, Georgia, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA as a very dangerous precedent, which contradicts the very spirit of the 'Gens Una Sumus' motto and violates the FIDE statutes", says the ACP's statement.

The Association reminds that, "Olympiads were always seen as a major event which unites people, and in good old days, all the wars were terminated, when the Olympiad was about to start. We firmly believe, that the World Chess Olympiad should not become a battlefield, and it is unacceptable to ban any federation on political or other grounds".

The letter states further down, "that if the situation doesn't change, some of the affected federations would consider to boycott the Olympiad altogether and not to send their players to Istanbul", according to the information received by the ACP.

"The ACP Board calls on FIDE to urgently discuss the situation and to resolve it fairly by respecting the rights and duties of all the parties involved".

At the end of the letter, the ACP Board appeals personally to Ali Nihat Yazici, "asking him to take one step back and to reinforce the Olympic spirit of peace, friendship and unity, even at the cost of sacrificing the very views of the National Federation he represents".


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