My decision to run for FIDE president was made with the hope that we can reform FIDE, to make it more efficient, open and responsive; in other words a better FIDE. Making a positive difference was and still remains my goal. For good governance members of the Board should not remain for more than eight consecutive years. It was in no way an attack against individuals in the current leadership.
I put together an experienced team, one that received throughout the campaign a lot of support; from chessplayers, organizers and administrators from all over the world. To all these people, on behalf of my ticket, I would like to say that the spirit of reform-FIDE will continue no matter what the result of the FIDE elections, for the momentum we have gathered will not allow itself to be stopped by the end of the FIDE Congress this coming October.
After a great deal of thought and consultations with my team we decided that a more realistic way to go about this reform movement is to work from within the FIDE governing body. That way we do not have to go through the sterile process of never-ending debates and proxy counting that we have experienced in recent FIDE Congresses.
The agreement we have signed is the best we could achieve at this time. We are confident we will thus be able to influence the right changes for FIDE. We will from now on dedicate all our time and energy to make FIDE better and more open. I appeal to supporters to continue to visit our website and to give us your opinions to help us further improve on achieving our goal for reform.
Thank you for all your support
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