FIDE President attended the Closing Ceremony of the World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad during his visit to Singapore. FIDE President was asked to make a speech at the Closing Ceremony. Please read the FIDE President's Speech at the Closing Ceremony of the World Youth Under-16 Olympiad and see the photos.
The Closing Ceremony of the World Youth Under-16 Olympiad, 11 August 2007, Singapore.
Dear Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports!
Dear Mr. K Shanmugam, Member of Parliament and Honorary Adviser of Singapore Chess Federation!
Dear Mr. Ignatius Leong, FIDE General Secretary and President of Singapore Chess Federation!
Dear participants and guests of the World Youth Under 16 Olympiad!
Dear media professionals!
Ladies and Gentlemen!
I am so happy to be here in Singapore in the midst of the country’s National Day Celebrations. Let me say, “Happy Birthday, Singapore!”
On behalf of the World Chess Federation and FIDE Presidential Board it is my honour to welcome the participants, guests and organisers of the World Youth Under-16 Olympiad to wonderful, hospitable and surprising Singapore!
It is my pleasure to note that the FIDE Leadership decided some time ago to offer its patronage and supervision to the organisation of such youth events. This step has enabled both participants and guests of the tournament to receive proper conditions for the organisation of such important FIDE events. The World Youth Olympiads have made good progress for some time and this year we have a record performance – 34 teams from 24 countries. When I received an invitation from the Organisers, I never doubted my wish to visit this event. Fabulous participation, model conditions for participants and guests, as well as journalists and chess fans, an exceptional programme of parallel activities. This is all that a youth chess event organiser can dream of.
All these we have to credit mostly to FIDE General Secretary, President of the Singapore Chess Federation Ignatius Leong, FIDE Global Chess Academy and Singapore Sports Council and all those who contributed to the organisation of this tournament to such a high and professional level. Thanks to
their strong will, persistence, limitless energy this festival of chess has taken place here. For this, we have much to celebrate.
I am confident that the FIDE leadership has moved in the right direction by supporting the request of the Singapore Sports Council to open a branch of FIDE office in Singapore. We are witnessing the lightning-like speed with which chess is developing in this region. Also, we always keep in mind deep-rooted chess traditions in Asia and the huge and growing interest in this most intellectual game, therefore we intend to render any support to chess movements among amateurs and professionals, both children and adult!
My congratulations to the winners – team of (India) and wish all the participants the best of health, good academic results and brilliant sporting victories!
Gens Una Sumus! We are one family!