Kebadu Belachew has lobbied for the past four months for funding to send an Ethiopian contingent to the Chess Olympiad in Dresden. Initially, Ethiopia had been barred due to arrears in FIDE dues. After negotiating with FIDE, it was agreed that they would receive accommodations and be allowed to participation. Yesterday, German government denied visas to some of the players. The reason? They do not have sufficient “financial or social ties.”
Dear Olaf Modrozynski and Jörn Verleger,
Some of our players were denied visa by the German Embassy in Addis Ababa. The reason provide by the Embassy is that the players do not have sufficient financial or social ties. As far as we know the Olympiad is for all coutries to be represented by the best players in the country. But, from the Embassies decision, it looks like only wealthy players can participate.
These players were selected from among many Chess players in Ethiopia by a regeress selection taurnament. The top players from this taurnament were selected to represent the country. We did not base the selection on the bases of who has the most money in their bank but rather who is best in the game.
Transportation cost is covered by Ethiopian Chess Federation and accomodation is covered by the Dresden organizers. Our palyers who participated in many Olympiads (Spain, Italy, Turkey Etcc..) and other international tauranaments in the past have always returned to Ethiopia.
Please contact the German Embassy in Addis Ababa (address included below) as soon as possible and help us obtain the visas to our players so that they arrive at the Olympiad on time.
Consular Sections Tel.: (+251)-11-1-23 51 62,
Fax: (+251)-11-1-23 51 59
In case of emergency: (+251)-911-20 40 20 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact person, Ethiopian Chess Federation
+1 (703) 216-8459