New FIDE Policy towards Federations in Arrears to hit South Africa, Nigeria, Swaziland, Uganda and Congo

On 10 December 2014, FIDE published  a notice that Federations more than 6 months in arrears would have services suspended and players from those federations would not be able to take part in any FIDE rated events. FIDE has now published the names of the Federations affected and a number of African countries will be hit very hard. These countries include South Africa, Swaziland Nigeria, Uganda and Congo. Below are the announcements as shown on FIDE’s websites. Hope these countries can find a way to urgently resolve this situation otherwise it will be a massive setback not sure for these African countries but the continent as a whole.

Federations in Arrears – Notice on 31 December 2014

FIDE
FIDE

As was approved by the Presidential Board in Sochi, there will be a new procedure regarding Federations more than six months in arrears.

The present policy is that every six months at 30th June and 31st December, those countries that are deemed by the Treasurer to be more than six months in arrears, have services withdrawn and their players not listed on the FIDE website, until the arrears are paid. 

In accordance with decisions of Presidential Board in Sochi FIDE publishes the list of Federation in Arrears.

Until the arrears have been paid off, players from these Federations cannot participate in any FIDE events that are under the aegis of
a) the World Championship & Olympiad Commission or Events Commission,
b) Continental competitions that provide qualifiers to any of the aforesaid competitions.

The list will be regularly updated.

1 Azerbaijan
2 Bahrain
3 Bhutan
4 Comoros Islands
5 Congo
6 Cuba
7 Dominican Republic
8 Ecuador
9 El Salvador
10 Estonia
11 Fiji
12 Guatemala
13 Haiti
14 Indonesia
15 Kyrgyzstan
16 Latvia
17 Lebanon
18 Luxembourg
19 Madagascar
20 Malaysia
21 Mauritania
22 Mexico
23 Mongolia
24 Morocco
25 Nepal
26 Nigeria
27 Peru
28 Philippines
29 Puerto Rico
30 Sao Tome & Principe
31 Solomon Isles
32 South Africa
33 Swaziland
34 Tajikistan
35 Uganda
36 Venezuela
37 Yemen

Announcement on 10 December 2014 regarding New Policy on Arrears

FIDE
FIDE

The new policy, which comes into immediate effect, is that on 31st December the Treasurer lists on the FIDE website those countries that are deemed to be over six months in arrears. Until the arrears have been paid off, players from these Federations cannot participate in any FIDE events that are under the aegis of
a) the World Championship & Olympiad Commission or Events Commission,
b) Continental competitions that provide qualifiers to any of the aforesaid competitions.

Their names will still be listed on the FIDE website.

The FIDE announcements can also be found on the FIDE website. First announcement regarding policy on arrears.  Federations in arrears. 

Bruce Mubayiwa

I am the founder and editor of Africa Chess Net. I have been playing chess for over 25 years and love writing about the game. Our goal is simple, to get more people playing chess in Africa! The game of chess is not only absorbing but a great deal of fun.

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