Does the chess legend Garri Kasparov use dubious practices to become new president of the World Association FIDE? According to the ‘New York Times’, an agreement with the current FIDE general-secretary was set up that gives reason to question the integrity of Kasparov’s candidacy in the presidential election.
The former chess world champion Garri Kasparov has always been fighting against corruption in his sport. Nevertheless, the 50 year-old is now accused of using doubtful methods in the election process. The ‘New York Times’ reports that the Russian Kasparov is not going a candidly way to become the head of the Chess World Association FIDE.
When Kasparov announced his president candidacy this past October he named several possible candidates for leading positions in the worldwide daughter associations. He nominated Ignatius Leong for Asia, the FIDE general-secretary who is currently living in Singapore – and is also in service of the president Kirsan Iljumschinov at the moment. Despite many inconsistencies concerning his last reelection in 2010, he will Kasparov’s competitor in the 2014 election. Leong has switched sides; according to the ‘New York Times’ he apparently received 500,000 USD for this act.
There was supposedly a deal between the two, guaranteeing Kasparov the help of Leong in becoming the new FIDE president. Further part of this agreement is the opening of a new office in Singapore, under direction of Leong, in case Kasparov is actually elected president.
The draft contract was set up by Kasparov’s lawyer, the Norwegian Morten Sand who has confirmed its existence to the ‘New York Times‘. Though, on Kasparov’s official website, the lawyer denies that the amount of 500,000 USD is to only Leong’s benefit. Instead, it is for the sport of chess itself.
Kasparov’s public announcer Mig Greengard has not commented the draft contract until now, but promised the publication of the document on Friday. In the presidential election every country of FIDE membership has one vote, and Kasparov had continuously criticized the lack of transparency in the election process.
Source: Spiegel Online
Author: Copyright 2007, S.M.S.I., Inc. – Owen Williams, The Kasparov Agency
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