World Chess Olympiad in Bled will have FIDE Drug Testing

It has been confirmed to me that the World Chess Olympiad in Bled this November will have drug testing.

Although only a fraction of the players will actually be tested, all players will be required to sign forms consenting to be tested. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to play.

The Olympiad will be held in Bled, Slovenia in November 2002. Boris Kutin is the organizer.

Kutin suffered a financial loss recently when he paid Artiom Tarasov in advance for DGT Sensory Chess Boards. Tarasov was later kicked out of FIDE for failure to pay guaranteed prizes in Dubai and in retaliation has disabled all the FIDE web sites and has run off with Boris'es money. The financial loss suffered by Boris Kutin is estimated to be around $70,000.

At the US Open in Cherry Hill on August 3, I asked Kirsan Ilyumzhinov about the departure of Artiom Tarasov from FIDE Commerce. Kirsan told me that Tarasov had left FIDE Commerce because Tarasov was running for the Presidency of a Siberian Republic and that Kirsan had appointed Casto "Toti" Abundo to take Tarasov's place.

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