Common declaration by FIDE and Dresden Organizers
Friday, 12 September 2008 09:30
A delegation from FIDE, composed of FIDE Honorary Vice-President Israel Gelfer and Executive Director David Jarrett, visited Dresden today to discuss several issues regarding the preparation of the Chess Olympiad 2008 in Dresden, amongst them the issue of the late registration from several Federations.
After a close examination of the whole process and all documents FIDE is announcing that it stands behind the way the Dresden Organizing Committee handled the matter.
All steps taken by the Organizers were taken in accordance with FIDE regulations and the contract between FIDE and the Organizing Committee of the Dresden Chess Olympiad and according to the further agreements between the parties.
As there were misunderstandings on the side of some Federations, the President of the Organizing Committee Mayor Winfried Lehmann invited the FIDE delegation to help to find a solution showing his great will to contribute to the success of the Olympiad by maximising the universality of the event.
After a serious discussion, and also taking into account that the extra expenses resulting from the missing registrations from Federations have to be covered, a solution was found enabling all Federations concerned to participate in the Chess Olympiad.
It was agreed that those Federations which had not yet contacted the Organisers in any way won't not be accepted as late registered.
The Federations concerned will be informed by FIDE and the Organizing Committee about the actions to be taken to register participation. The very final deadline for these Federations is next Friday, 19 September 2008, 11 pm. This must be done by online registration on the website www.dresden2008.org.
It was agreed that those Federations which had not yet contacted the Organizers in any way will not be accepted.