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Karjakin on FIDE’s decision: “It’s the turn of the sports courts!”

The Appeal Chamber of the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission (EDC) decided on May 6th to dismiss the appeal presented by Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin, confirming the 6 months ban that was imposed by the EDC on March 21st, 2022 after Karjakin was found guilty of breach of article 2.2.10: “Sergey Karjakin is found guilty of breach of article 2.2.10 of the FIDE Code of Ethics, and is sanctioned to a worldwide ban of six months from participating as a player in any FIDE rated chess competition, taking effect from the date of this decision, 21 March 2022.”

Karjakin shortly commented on the newest FIDE decision on his Telegram channel:

My appeal to FIDE was (expectedly) rejected. Now it’s the turn of the sports courts…

He also quoted Garry Kasparov’s speech from the Grand Chess Tour Romania 2022 opening ceremony, related to the participation of Russian players in FIDE competitions. See the interview with Garry Kasparov

Karjakin qualified the initial decision of FIDE as “shameful” on his Telegram channel, adding “I don’t see the point of appealing – any court will take the side of Europe.”. Read the full comment of Sergey Karjakin here.
Nonetheless, a few days later, Sergey Karjakin stated in an interview for TASS (Russian News Agency) that he will appeal against the FIDE decision, taking FIDE to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

After The Appeal Chamber of the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission ruled against Karjakin yesterday, FIDE confirmed that Karjakin has the intention to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Still and all, the decision will remain in effect while under appeal, unless the CAS directs otherwise. All Karjakin’s case news can be found here

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