Chess Olympiad: Media covering event faces FIDE sanctions

On Saturday, media professionals received a message from the state government’s information department listing a series of new norms and restrictions.

The message said, “Media cannot reach the venue by their own vehicle – they have to board a bus arranged by the state government; only 50 media persons will be allowed per day on rotation basis, and only state government accredited media.” Only individuals will be allowed. Those with card, FIDE email or pass issued by FIDE may be allowed to board the bus.”

Representatives of several leading publications have not been issued recognition cards by the state government due to pending court cases for the past few years. In addition, there are journalists who have not received emails from FIDE for their coverage of the Olympiad.

In addition, FIDE passes are at the Olympiad venue, which is about 80 km from Chennai.

A state government official told IANS: “The restrictions are as per FIDE’s instructions. We cannot do anything.”

Ahead of the start of the Olympiad, media officials from FIDE and the All India Chess Federation (AICF) had told IANS that journalists would have to collect passes at the venue, which is about two hours from the city.

A FIDE spokesperson had then told IANS that journalists can collect passes at the venue any day.

Given this situation, many journalists are confused – they do not have FIDE email, FIDE media accreditation pass or state government accreditation pass to cover the event.

FIDE officials did not respond to IANS when asked for comment.

The AICF-appointed public relations agency had earlier sent invitations for a press conference to select media.

FIDE officials, who had inspected the venue and hotels where the players and officials are being hosted, seem to have forgotten to check the facilities for journalists.

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