In a letter dated today, 15 May 2021, Enyonam Sewa Fumey has communicated his decision to step down as FIDE General Secretary, a position he has held since the elections in Batumi, Georgia on October 3, 2018.
Enyonam Sewa will continue to be a part of FIDE, joining the FIDE Social Commission. This is one of the areas of work that has experienced important growth in recent times, and Enyonam’s experience and passion will be of great value there. “I truly believe that chess used for social goodwill allows us to bring our beautiful game beyond the borders of professional sports. I sincerely hope this mutual agreement between me and the FIDE leadership will produce good fruits and allow me to fully use my energy for the promotion of chess”, reads his letter.
Enyonam Sewa Fumey was one of the first people to take side with Arkady Dvorkovich when he revealed his intention to run for FIDE President and his name was one of the five included when he first announced his ticket, on June 29, 2018. He also leads the Togolese chess community as the President of the Togo Chess Federation (FTDE), which was officially founded in 2012 and joined FIDE shortly afterwards.
The International Chess Federation would like to express its gratitude to Enyonam Sewa for his services as General Secretary, and we are immensely proud that we will keep having him working by our side, in one of our priority areas for the development of chess.