FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Meets with IOC President Jacques Rogge Print
Monday, 05 February 2007 00:00
On 1 February 2007, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met the President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge in Lausanne, Switzerland. The other members of the FIDE delegation were FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Marketing and PR Director Peter Rajcsanyi, FIDE Executive Director David Jarrett and FIDE President`s Assistant Berik Balgabaev. Read the Press Release on the meeting.

On 1 February 2007, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met the President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge in Lausanne, Switzerland. The other members of the FIDE delegation were FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Marketing and PR Director Peter Rajcsanyi, FIDE Executive Director David Jarrett and FIDE President`s Assistant Berik Balgabaev.

Press Release

FIDE delegation headed by President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met Mr. Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee on February 1st, 2007 in Lausanne.

In the meeting, President Ilyumzhinov drew the broad picture of the developments in the chess world since the last FIDE-IOC meeting and emphasized that FIDE has followed the recommendations of IOC and fulfilled all the requirements set, including the establishment of anti-doping rules for chess tournaments. In the overwhelming majority of the members` countries, chess is officially recognized as sport and the majority of the national chess federations are also members of the national olympic committees. Recently, chess has been included as an organic part in the South East Asia Games of 2005, the Asian Games held in Qatar in November 2006, and chess championship tournaments will be held in the Pan Arab Games and the African Games in 2007.

President Rogge acknowledged the developments and expressed his satisfaction over the new achievements. In order to achieve the inclusion of chess in the Olympic Games, he encouraged FIDE to actively work with National Olympic Committees, broaden relations with members and keep working contacts with officials of IOC. The IOC President offered his support and encouragement to all the chess federations which wish to join the National Olympic Committees in their own countries. He positively mentioned personal experiences of finding growing chess activities in many countries he visited and also mentioned his friendly relationship with Grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili, the first President of the Georgian National Olympic Committee.
During the discussion in the meeting, FIDE Deputy President G. Makropoulos noted that in the ancient Olympic Games, the element of cultural activity was also present, through poetry and theatre play competitions, together with the sport element. Today, this missing element of intellectual competition can be replaced by chess, the most popular mind sport worldwide.

PR and Marketing Director P. Rajcsanyi also had a separate meeting with Ms. Emmanuelle Moreau, Chief of the IOC Press Office. FIDE will soon open an office in the newly constructed Maison du Sport International, Lausanne in which its Public Relations and Marketing Department, as well as its commercial arm, will operate.

 
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