The All India Chess Federation (AICF) will assist five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand’s candidature for the submit of the world physique’s (FIDE) deputy president. Anand can be contesting for the submit as a part of incumbent FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich’s workforce.
Not too long ago appointed AICF interim secretary, Vipnesh Bhardwaj clarified the federation’s stand on the matter, saying former secretary, Bharat Singh Chauhan has “all the time unquestionably supported Anand’s candidature”.
Bhardwaj’s assertion comes after emails began circulating not too long ago stating that Chauhan is the correct candidate as a substitute of Anand.
Although the sources of the emails are but to be established, AICF workplace bearers condemned such rumours and stated a police criticism can be filed to nail the culprits.
“This can be a ploy by the opposing members who’re truly not for chess however out to break the fame of not solely AICF but additionally our nation,” Bhardwaj stated in an announcement after taking cost as secretary on the Excessive Courtroom’s order.
“That is the primary time ever that the Indian workforce has a sponsorship of Rs 2 crore for the Olympiad, and clearly the opposition isn’t proud of our work that has been accomplished up to now,” he added.
The e-mail trails claimed that Chauhan, who was not too long ago barred by the Delhi Excessive Courtroom from functioning as AICF secretary, has been eying the important thing submit in FIDE elections. However Bhardwaj as effectively Chauhan denied the allegation.
Chauhan highlighted how the AICF was the primary federation to assist Anand’s candidature as deputy president.
As per FIDE pointers, one federation can nominate just one particular person and it can’t be withdrawn submit nomination, and Chauhan stated the AICF is conscious of the foundations and wholeheartedly helps Anand’s candidature.
Chauhan, the occasion director of the Olympiad, which is about to be held in Chennai in lower than two months, stated, “Anand is a legend, and his determination to work for FIDE is a welcome boon for the world of chess and particularly for India. Why would we be pitted in opposition to him… my intention has all the time been for the good thing about the sport of chess in my nation. I’m for chess and for chess gamers all the time!
“This (emails) is an affordable trick to divert the eye and to carry disrepute to our nation. We love Anand, we worship Anand, and to me personally, he’s like household.”
The Delhi Excessive Courtroom, performing on a criticism, had dominated in opposition to Chauhan a couple of days in the past and stalled his actions as AICF secretary. Nevertheless, the order is unlikely to have a bearing on the preparations for the Chess Olympiad, the most important sporting occasion to be held in India with 188 nations anticipated to take part.