FIDE says Israelis can play in Libya

5/7/2004 – "After receiving notice that several Israeli websites are reporting Libya to have cancelled the invitation to certain participants of the upcoming World Chess Championship, FIDE requested a clarification by the Libyan Organizing Committee of the event," says the FIDE web site. It confirmed the invitation to "all WCC 2004 participants" is still valid.

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FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DES ÉCHECS

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PRESS RELEASE – May 7, 2004

World Chess Championship 2004: Invitation of the Libyan Olympic Committee to all participants still valid.

After receiving notice that several Israeli websites are reporting Libya to have cancelled the invitation to certain participants of the upcoming World Chess Championship, FIDE requested a clarification by the Libyan Organizing Committee of the event.

The Libyan Organizing Committee informed FIDE that LOC President Eng. Mohammad Moammar Al Gathafi was interviewed on Wednesday May 5 on a meeting of the Libyan Olympic Committee (LOC). In that interview a journalist asked him about a personal invitation that he sent to Israeli chessplayers. Eng. Mohammad Moammar Al Gathafi of course denied that he has sent any personal invitation but he confirmed sending an invitation to FIDE for all the participants of the WCC 2004.

Furthermore, the Libyan Organizing Committee of the 2004 World Chess Championship confirmed that the LOC invitation to all WCC 2004 participants, dated 26-4-2004, is still valid.

FIDE is of course in no position to follow unofficial reports and rumours spread through the internet. Therefore, FIDE would like to express its appreciation to the vast majority of worldwide media who did not enter into the reproduction of reports which do not contribute to the establishment of good relations between all nations. FIDE is also calling worldwide chess media to follow carefully the official announcements of FIDE and the Organizing Committee of WCC 2004 for authoritative information about the 2004 World Chess Championship.

About FIDE

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the supreme body responsible globally for the game of chess and its championships. FIDE is organizing the World Chess Championship as well as all world championships for women, junior and youth categories, the bi-annual Chess Olympiad and it also publishes the official FIDE Rating List (currently No.1 is Gary Kasparov of Russia). FIDE has a membership of 160 national chess federations and it retains offices in Greece and Russia.

For more information contact:
Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) - Tel.: (+30) 2109212047, Fax: (+30) 2109212859, Email: office@fide.com; Mr. Nizar Elhaj - Tel.: (+218) 91 2142562, Fax: (+218) 21 3340637, Email: africanchess@lttnet.net

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