CAMPOMANES SHRUGS OFF CHARGES BY NCFP
MANILA, February 25, 2006 (MALAYA) WORLD Chess Federation (FIDE) honorary lifetime president Florencio Campomanes yesterday said he found it amusing to be blamed for the national team’s poor showing in the 23rd Southeast Asian Games.
"The brilliant non-sequitur deduced by the NCFP secretary general that I was the cause of the RP debacle in the SEAG because I ensured the change of playdates for the World Cup 2005 in Russia, so that Mark Paragua could not play in Manila, truly provokes amusement," Campomanes said.
Campomanes added it is the FIDE practice to avoid conflicting dates of major chess events, particularly those in the world championship cycle because "many qualified or nominated participants could be playing in more than one of the competitions."
He pointed out there was no way he could have changed the World Cup dates "when the bidding procedure for the 128-player event was approved only on Aug. 24 in Dresden, Germany at the 76th FIDE Congress."
Recognized by many as the man responsible for the rise of Philippine chess, Campomanes also clarified the "misimpression" he accompanied grandmaster Paragua to the World Cup in Khantymansiysk, Siberia.
"I had much earlier been appointed to the World Cup appeals jury. I was also chair of the appeals body at the world team championship in Israel. I would have gone to Siberia, whether or not Mark or any other RP player had qualified to join," he said.
"In a late hour move, Paragua’s sponsors thought it a good idea for him to follow my itinerary since he was traveling alone."
Finally, he said, "I never insisted to be FIDE observer at the SEAG, knowing in advance the less than serious training the players were getting into."
"Had I actually been FIDE observer, they would now be accusing me as the cause of the shutout at the hands of Vietnam!" Campomanes exclaimed.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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