Lausanne, November 28, 2019
FIDE is an international sports organization, officially recognized by the IOC, and complies with all internationally recognized rules and regulations.
As noted in a WADA press release, "Where the right to host a major event in the four year period has already been awarded to Russia, the Signatory must withdraw that right and re-assign the event to another country, unless it is legally or practically impossible to do so". FIDE officially confirms that the contracts for the Candidates 2020 and Chess Olympiad 2020 have already been signed. Given that only one application to organize the event was received in each case, we believe that both tournaments fall under the exception formulated by WADA.
Given that the final legally binding decision on this matter will be taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and that FIDE is not a party in these procedures, FIDE will refrain from other public comments or legal nature until a final decision is made.
FIDE will always put the interest of chess and chess players above any other consideration, and we will continue working for the benefit of our sport.
Statement by President of Russian Chess Federation
President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrei Filatov commented on the possible deprivation of FIDE competitions in Russia.
- The calendar of planned international chess competitions in Russia remains extremely busy. All FIDE competitions in our country will be held on schedule announced earlier; we do not expect any changes due to the latest WADA recommendations.
At the end of December this year, we are waiting for chess fans in Moscow at the World Rapid and Blitz Championships. This is one of the most important tournaments of the FIDE calendar, in which all the strongest chess players of the world take part.
In January, the second half of the women's world championship match between Ju Wenjun (China) and Alexandra Goryachkina (Russia) will be held in Vladivostok .
In March-April 2020, Yekaterinburg will host the candidates tournament. The winner of this tournament will receive the right to fight in the match against the current world champion Magnus Carlsen.
Finally, in July-August next year, Khanty-Mansiysk and Moscow will become the venue for the World Chess Olympiad, the first Paralympics and the FIDE Congress.
We will be glad to welcome in our country the participants of these competitions, referees, journalists, guests and all chess lovers.