Tuesday, 09 March 2010 08:28
The FIDE President's delegation arrived from Cambodia to Laos late at night on 5th March and started its programme the following morning at 8am with the Minister for Energy. By 9am, FIDE President called upon the Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh at the Prime Minister's Office.
FIDE President gave a brief introduction about FIDE and the Republic of Kalmykia. He explained FIDE's role and its target to achieving a global chess-playing population of 1 billion. He also impressed on the Prime Minister how neighbouring Vietnam started humbly but today is a major chess power in Asia.
The Prime Minister welcomed the FIDE delegation and expressed interest to develop the Chess in Schools programme. The Prime Minister expressed grateful thanks to FIDE President and the Asian Chess Federation for their readiness to help finance the popularisation and development of chess in Laos.
Meeting between FIDE President and the Prime Minister of Laos
Gift from FIDE President to the Prime Minister of Laos
FIDE President pins FIDE collar pin for the Prime Minsiter of Laos
Another Head of State becomes a Friend of FIDE
FIDE President and his delegation on a super quick visit to the famous pagoda in Laos
Visit to the famous pagoda in Laos
FIDE delegation, with staff from the Russian Embassy to Laos meeting sports officials of Laos
Mr Sengphone Phonhamath (Director-General Elite Sports Department), Mr Boualane Sylipanya (Vice-President of Lao National Sports Committee), FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong, and Mr Kasem Inthara (Olympic Council of Asia Sport Committee Member)
FIDE General Secretary presents the teaching manuals from ASEAN Chess Academy to Mr Boualane Sylipanya (Vice-President of Lao National Sports Committee)