FIDE president hopes US grants him entry visa next week

Moscow, Oct 27 (IANS) The President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Russian Kirsan Ilyumzhinov hopes that the United States will grant him an entry visa next week.

“I spoke with Washington yesterday,” Ilyumzhinov said on Wednesday adding that he had provided all necessary documents to travel to the United States, reports Tass.

“I have provided them with the information regarding all of my foreign travels for the last 15 years,” he said.

“On the average, I have 90 foreign travels annually. I have also passed finger prints scanning procedure.”

“I am now waiting for their decision,” Ilyumzhinov said.

“I hope that next week I will be granted a permission to enter the United States.”

In November 2015, the United States Department of Treasury imposed sanctions against Ilyumzhinov stating that he had been “materially assisting and acting for, or on behalf of the Government of Syria, Central Bank of Syria.”

Ilyumzhinov denied the allegations saying he had no commercial interests in Syria.

Ilyumzhinov announced earlier his plans to go to New York for the 2016 FIDE World Chess Championship in November and hoped that the US-imposed sanctions would have been lifted by that time.

Russian businessman and long time FIDE President Ilyumzhinov was re-elected to this post in August 2014 beating former world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Ilyumzhinov got 110 votes, while Grandmaster Kasparov garnered 61 mandates.

In 2010, Ilyumzhinov faced a similar challenge by another former world champion, Anatoly Karpov, Kasparov’s long time rival. Ilyumzhinov plans to run for re-election again in 2018.

The 54-year-old FIDE president, who has headed the federation since 1995, promised to put chess into the Winter Olympics’ programme.

–IANS

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