Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has announced his FIDE Presidential ticket for the coming elections during the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk. It includes Georgios Makropoulos as Deputy President, Ignatius Leong as General Secretary, Nigel Freeman as Treasurer, while the Vice Presidents will be Beatriz Marinello and Lewis Ncube. Read on for detailed announcement by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
Official site of the campaign: One world, one vision
Dear Chess Friends,
I am pleased to announce our electoral ticket for the upcoming FIDE elections in Khanty-Mansiysk.
In the years of my presidency, our team has achieved certain important accomplishments which I feel today that, by the way our opponents promote their election campaign, are not only downplayed but their existence is also endangered. The principles which have been our guide, with the support of all national federations, will continue to be the ones I will serve and protect in the new term as well
Democratic procedures and transparency in decision making
FIDE is the only international federation which holds open sessions of all its meetings: its General Assemblies, Executive Boards and even its Presidential Board meetings. All its decisions are published on the official website of FIDE.
The One Country – One Vote principle which I will not permit to be changed
Our team is against any proposals which try to undermine the rights of smaller federations to the benefit of a few stronger ones.
The unity of the chess world, achieved during my presidency, is now in danger
We will fight against any ideas which promote the division of federations and chess players. I have been the President of our whole chess family and I will continue to work with everyone who shares our love for this game.
Transparency on the financials of FIDE
During the years of my presidency, clean FIDE accounts are a fact which our national federations can be proud of. I will not allow the denigration of FIDE’s financial image. Today, FIDE is an independent, financially healthy organisation and we will strive for its further prosperity. We will continue to retain the worldwide recognized firm of Ernst & Young as our Auditor and as always, we will support the election for two of the three positions of the Verification Committee to members of federations who are not backing our ticket.
Recognition by the International Olympic Committee
Since 1999 chess has achieved full recognition as a sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This success came partly as a result of the very well organised World Championship Match 1998 between Karpov and Anand in the Olympic Museum of Lausanne.
The unity of the chess world, the fact that today we have an undisputed World Champion, the respect in democratic procedures within FIDE, the transparency in our decisions and our financials are all important factors which will help us in the future to include our sport in the Olympic Program.
All the above achievements are now brutally attacked by our opponents who are trying to distort the true image of FIDE in a desperate attempt to secure some votes.
I invite all national federations to join me and my team, not only in order to win the next elections but also to cure and restore, immediately afterwards, what Anatoly Karpov today is damaging with his campaign.
My electoral ticket will consist of the following candidates:
President: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
President of Kalmykian Republic
FIDE President since 1995
Deputy President: Georgios Makropoulos
President of Greek Chess Federation
FIDE Deputy President since 1996
General Secretary: Ignatius Leong
President of Singapore Chess Federation
FIDE General Secretary since 2005
Treasurer: Nigel Freeman
President of Bermuda Chess Federation
FIDE Treasurer since 2006
Vice-President: Beatriz Marinello
Former President of the US Chess Federation
Member of FIDE Verification Commission since 2006
Vice-President: Lewis Ncube
Former President of Zambia Chess Federation
FIDE Vice-President since 2006
Gens Una Sumus!
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President
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