"It Was Not a Decision of the U.A.E. Authorities But Ours", Says Israeli Chess Federation

Время публикации: 30.12.2013 19:15 | Последнее обновление: 31.12.2013 11:48

The announcement published on FIDE website today states that it was Israeli delegation's decision not to play under national flag. We offer the statement below:

"During the event there were several publications and petitions from several institutes and individuals about the fact that the flags of Israel were removed from the relevant tables in the tournament and from the official web as well and replaced by flags of FIDE. We would like to state very clearly that this move was done as a result of our security people's request and with full cooperation with the local organizers. While we believe that participation of Israeli players in events held in Arabic countries, and vice versa of course, with Israeli flags is very positive and contributing to a good atmosphere, we all realize that such events need security solutions and strict cooperation about. 

We cordially appreciate all those who were standing on our rights in what looked like a breach of it but we stress again - this was not a decision or initiative of the U.A.E. authorities but ours and we would like to thank the organizers and FIDE events commission for their cooperation and for the excellent treatment our delegation was met."

The document is signed by Israel Gelfer, FIDE Vice President and Moshe Slav, Chairman of Israel Chess Federation.


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