Batumi Conference: New Governance Standards in Sport

Chess is growing in public perception not only in respect of competitive excellence but also in terms of its role in education and as a valuable social and recreational activity. Many countries classify chess as a sport and provide operational funding which has sustained the revival of chess. However, such a classification imposes responsibilities upon chess authorities. The world of sport has been plagued by corruption and abuse of power. Well-publicised scandals in international governing bodies such as football, the Olympics and athletics have triggered changes in governance structures. Chess is not immune from scandal and needs to learn lessons from other sports governing bodies. In particular, we need to pay attention to the principles of democracy and transparency. Ultimately the governance of chess must evolve to benefit not only the players but society in general.

To facilitate the debate on these matters, there will be a one-day Conference in Batumi on 29th September during the Chess Olympiad at Batumi in Georgia. Internationally renowned experts will present and discuss the latest developments in sports governance standards. It will be an opportunity for chess leaders from around the world to exchange ideas and opinions.

The event is sponsored by FIDE (the World Chess Federation), facilitated by the Batumi Chess Olympiad and organised by ChessPlus.

This is a free event open to all. For full details and to register go to Governance Conference