On 29th June, the press conference of Arkady Dvorkovich took place in Moscow. The candidate for FIDE President in particular highlighted his goals and objectives and announced his ticket.
“I have recently told about my plans to run for FIDE President and today I officially confirm it. The necessary documents will be forwarded to FIDE Secretariat by July 3rd”, says Arkady Dvorkovich. “The support from the RCF and other federations was asked, and I am grateful to my colleagues from the Russian Chess Federation who backed me up almost unanimously. The goal of my press conference is to inform the chess community about my plans, why and with whom I am running for FIDE President”.
According to Arkady Dvorkovich, his team consists of Deputy President Bachar Kouatly (France), Vice-Presidents Mahir Mammedov (Azerbaijan) and Julio Granda Zuniga (Peru), General Secretary Sewa Enyonam Fumey (Togo), and Treasurer Zhu Chen (Qatar).
“I will promote chess and make contracts regardless the FIDE presidential elections’ outcome”, adds Arkady Dvorkovich. “There are companies which will invest in chess development. I have an experience in the organization of chess competitions, for example, Tal Memorial. It requires a fair amount of money and an enormous work, – is there a substitute for it? Of course, it is, but it all depends on a team, and I have something to offer. I don’t consider anyone as a rival, because we all have one goal to develop chess in the world, that’s why the one who wins shall unite everyone. Georgious Makropoulos has a great experience in the work in FIDE, Nigel Short is very famous in the world of chess, but I hope that our arguments but I hope that our arguments prevail in the end”.
Shortly after the press conference, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov stated for Interfax that he decided to withdraw from the race for the FIDE presidency and is supporting Dvorkovich bid.
The FIDE Presidential elections takes place during the FIDE Congress in Batumi, Georgia, on October 3.
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