International Chess Federation
Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019 14:18
FIDE President holds meetings with the Moroccan authorities

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich traveled to Morocco, where he joined the rest of the FIDE delegation: Executive Director Victor Bologan, International Director Mohd Al-Mudahka, Advisor to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev, and FIDE events manager Kema Goryaeva.

The first meeting in their tight agenda was a reception, on Tuesday 27th, with the top representatives of the National Olympic Committee in Rabat: Mr Kamal Lahlou (Vice President of NOC, member of Association of African Olympic Committees), Anin Kouame (Director of NOC Morocco) and Mr Majd Chekroun (Director of international relations of NOC).

FIDE President thanked the NOC for the inclusion of chess in the program of the African Games 2019. He expressed his satisfaction with the organization level of the Games in general and the chess championships in particular. "It is very important", he emphasized, "that every NOC is aware of the development of chess federations, to further support them in any endeavours and deeds". Arkady Dvorkovich also stressed that FIDE will continue supporting official chess tournaments in Africa and in Morocco in particular. The delegation also had an opportunity to visit the local NOC Museum.

Later the same day, the FIDE delegation held a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Rachid Talbi Alami. Arkady Dvorkovich expressed his gratitude on behalf of FIDE for the support given by the Ministry to organize these Chess Championships in the framework of the African games.

The second main point to be discussed were the plans for chess development in Morocco. FIDE President reassured the International Chess Federation will maintain its financial support to Moroccan chess and its different competitions. Coaching and chess publications will be provided as part of this support.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Rachid Talbi Alami, thanked the FIDE president for this assistance. Both parties agreed that Morocco will host an international chess event every year.

Later that day the FIDE delegation attended the football match between Nigeria and Mali.

At 18.00, the Awards Ceremony of the African Games Chess Championship (Rapid) took place. FIDE President awarded the medals to the winners, together with FIDE International Director Mohamed Al Mudahka.