FIDE and WADA Will Be Deciding Together What Is Doping For a Chess Player

Время публикации: 26.11.2015 02:14 | Последнее обновление: 26.11.2015 12:31

The reigning FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov spent the 20th anniversary of his presidency in Moscow holding the press conference. On November 24, Ilyumzhinov has announced FIDE partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

“We created a working group which should decide what will be considered for the player as doping,” cites Ilyumzhinov. Thus, it turns out that the FIDE President practically officially recognizes that the current anti-doping system applied at the biggest events held under FIDE patronage doesn’t really have any sense. That’s because players are checked and searched for something that is not even determined.

“We have signed an agreement with the Belgian Institute of Physical Culture and Sports for finding out what kind of physical effort chess players undertake, - Ilyumzhinov said. – It turned out that they lose weight. In fact, one of the famous players loses 20 kilos per match. They strain their hands and legs, show different physical activity. A list of medicines has been composed."

This has happened the day before the breaking news of Ilyumzhinov's appearance in the US government list of sanctioned foreign persons and entities.



Maybe Ilyumzhinov means the

Maybe Ilyumzhinov means the "Belarusian" Institute of Physical Culture and Sports, not Belgian? Perhaps a transcription error in the original Russian (бельгийский vs белорусский).
Their webpage:

Several sources in Russia

Several sources in Russia cite Ilyumzhinov as mentioning exactly the Belgian university. While there seems to be no one in Belgium, the questions should probably be addressed to Ilyumzhinov himself.

Maybe either the FIDE Medical

Maybe either the FIDE Medical Commission or WADA directly can confirm anything that Ilyumzhinov has said. Nothing about this working group appears in any documents or news items from FIDE or WADA that I could find.

Furthermore, as far as I can tell, WADA is currently opposed to having different prohibited substances for different sports. You can give additional prohibitions (alcohol or beta-blockers in some sports), but you can't reject anything from the main list. So I would be surprised if the FIDE/WADA collaboration goes in that direction.

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