Thursday, August 26, 2010

Who does Malaysia support for FIDE President?

Today I read in MCF blog that  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the current World Chess Federation (FIDE) President  will be here tomorrow for a short courtesy visit. He is accompanied by FIDE General Secretary Mr Ignatius Leong and a Mr. Berik Balgabaev.

The FIDE President is scheduled to make a courtesy call on Y.A.B Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Youth And Sports Minister at his Ministry office at Putrajaya. He will also call on Yang Mulia Tunku Tan Sri Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, President of Olympic Council Of Malaysia. Well, Ilyumzhinov is also a Head of State, so it will be very hard and politically incorrect to refuse to see him.

What I find intriguing is that when Karpov who is challenging the presidency was also in town in July, there is no mention at all in MCF blog. Not one word. Additionally from all reports, neither the MCF President or Secretary were present at Karpov's press conference. I am wondoring who MCF is really supporting.

Now I'm always one to call a spade a spade and I'm not known to be politically correct. So let me print what I think. Hamid Majid supports Karpov (well he is on the Karpov ticket after all) and Gregory Lau supports Ilyumzhinov.

Fortunately for Hamid, he has kept all the aces in the pack, since he is the official delegate for Malaysia and he WILL be present in Khanty Mansiysk and my very reliable sources tell me that he WILL vote for the Karpov ticket.


Anonymous said...

From the day, none of the top officials had attended Karpov's press conference. The picture is painted very clearly, isn't it?

Hamid is a very smart person to register himself with FIDE as Malaysia official delegate just prior to him stepping down as MCF Secretary. Many people are not aware on this move. If you browse through FIDE website, very few countries actually designate/assign who is their official delegate for their country. I got this piece of info backed in 2009.

Your obs btw Greg and Hamid is abs right. Too much politicking btw 2 of them. This is what make MCF split.

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