Chess

Lekan Adeyemi becomes FIDE vice president

It was celebration galore in the camp of Team Nigeria at the ongoing World Chess Olympiad following the emergence of Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF) President, as Vice President of World Chess Body, FIDE.

The elevation was a fall-out from the election at the General Assembly of the body held in Batumi, Georgia.

The election was a follow-up from the presidential election held on Wednesday which led to the emergence of Arkardy Dvorkovich; the former Deputy Prime minister of Russia and the President Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia.

As a Vice President of the body, Mr. Adeyemi becomes a member of the Presidential board saddled with the responsibility of highest decision making on all chess related matters globally.

The attainment to that position makes him the highest ranked Nigerian into any elective position in global chess. Over two decades ago, Mr. Emmanuel Omuku was Deputy President of the body as a replacement to Dr. Sylvanus Ebigwei a high wired politicking in 1990 and later by virtue of his election as African Chess  Federation President. He was later appointed as the Executive Director of FIDE a position he held till 2003.

Adeyemi is the second African to attain the Vice President status after Lakhdar Mazous from Algeria.

Other members elected on the same platform includes; Bachar Kouatly as Deputy President, Sewa Enyonam Fumey as General Secretary, Julio Granda Zuniga as one the Vice Presidents and Zhu Chen as the Treasurer of the body.

Stakeholders and followers of the game see the result of FIDE’s elective congress as a new order in chess first it marked a total wiped out of foot print of Kirzan Ilyumzhinov (former President of Kalmykia Republic) who held sway from 1994-2018.

In his post election interview last night, Adeyemi promised to bring to the body his vast experience in sports administration and to help restore promotion and further development of the game in Africa.

“The election is not about Adeyemi but what can we do that will be to ensure an all-inclusive progress of the sport. I was very prominent in the campaign against the immediate past board and it’s going to be a big burden on me if I fail to fulfill my campaign promises,” he said

 

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