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MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS, Andrei Kartashov/. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), told TASS on Tuesday he intended to run for another presidential term in the federation despite recently media speculations about his resignation
On Monday, FIDE’s official website posted a statement on Ilyumzhinov’s supposed resignation. It stated that FIDE’s president allegedly announced his decision to step down at a meeting of the organization’s council in Athens on March 26. However, Ilyumzhinov rejected this report while talking to TASS.
"I continue fulfilling my duties and I will be running in the 2018 elections," Ilyumzhinov said in an interview with TASS. "My opponents are currently trying to force me to step down voluntarily since it is their only option."
"However, I haven’t signed anything yet and have no intentions to do it," he said. "I am not resigning voluntarily and I will continue working at the president of FIDE."
Russian businessman and longtime FIDE President Ilyumzhinov was re-elected to this post in August 2014 beating former world chess champion, Garry Kasparov. Ilyumzhinov won 110 votes, while Grandmaster Kasparov garnered 61 FIDE mandates.
In 2010, Ilyumzhinov faced a similar challenge by another former world champion, Anatoly Karpov, Kasparov's long-time rival. Ilyumzhinov plans to run for re-election again in 2018.
The 54-year-old FIDE president, who has headed the federation since 1995, promised to put chess into the Winter Olympics’ program.