USOC REJECTS USCF APPLICATION
The United States Olympic Committee has rejected the application by USCF to become an affiliated sports organization, saying it was not convinced that chess meets its definition of "sport." The decision is surprising because the International Olympic Committee has recognized FIDE, and creates the possibility that the IOC could add chess to the Olympics without the United States being able to participate.
Also probably affected by this rejection is the issue of drug testing. FIDE has been indicating that testing was likely to soon be required for events that are preliminaries to the World Championship, the Chess Olympiad, and/or the Olympic Games, with the resulting benefit to chess being admission to the latter. But if the United States cannot send a chess team to the Olympic Games, this is a new and powerful argument against drug testing at any US tournaments (though the existing arguments were more than sufficient, in my opinion).
|Subj:||RE: FIDE Adv Committee Final Report on Drug Testing|
|Date:||10/15/2001 5:46:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time|
(George De Feis)
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