FIDE Executive Director's visit to Colombia Print
Monday, 22 February 2010 10:26
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Important working meetings were held in Cali, Colombia, on February 15th and 16th between the FIDE Executive Director, David Jarrett, the Continental President for the Americas, Jorge Vega, Head of Programmes and Field Operations for the organization Peace and Sport, Mr. Ludovic Hubler and the FIDE delegate of the Colombian Federation, Ing Alfonso Naranjo.

Among the issues discussed were FIDE support to the Federation’s existing plans at the schools in the Department of Valle, the joint support of FIDE and Peace and Sport for the promotion of a scheme involving Peace and Sport’s partners in Colombia, Colombianitos, to encourage chess in disadvantaged areas where the violence level is very high, review of official events which Colombia will host in 2010 and seminars for arbiters and trainers.

Colombia is a very active federation and offers strong support to the Continent through the organization of events. Events they are hosting in 2010 include the Continental Junior Under 20 Championships and the Pan American and Caribbean Youth Championships. The two seminars for trainers and arbiters are being aided by the annual grant from the IOC towards chess development.

Peace and Sport, an organization under the patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco, aims to promote sustainable peace through the education and values of sport. Everyone visited the Colombianitos centres located in Puerto Tejada, Cauca Department, and it was agreed that Mr. Naranjo would formulate a budget regarding the needs of the children and young people attending chess events. Support would be provided by FIDE.

There was a press conference attended by various sports media. Questions were dealt with by representatives from all interested parties.

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