FIDE (the World Chess Federation) published a press release yesterday referencing the recent push for Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to take over as president of FIFA. Obviously Ilyumzhinov was flattered by people calling out for him to gain control over another international sports organization while most people outside the world of professional chess scratched their heads at the mention of his name or spent their time reading his Wikipedia entry to get some idea of what was going on at the World Chess Congress. After reading the convoluted press release it seems that Kirsan does not intend to run for the position of FIFA president. True to his idiosyncratic ways, the FIDE president has chosen to remain focused on chess and will work to leverage his 15 minutes of futbol fame to promote FIDE and its activities.

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