FIDE President visits Tehran

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Tehran on October 24. He met with his business friends before the official part of his visit.
The next day, the head of FIDE spoke live on the Central Television of Iran, after which he held talks with the President of the Iran Chess Federation Mehrdad. Afterwards, Ilyumzhinov - accompanied by the leadership of the Federation - familiarized with the conditions of the Women’s World Chess Championship to be held in February 2017.

The highlight of the visit was the participation of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the opening of two international chess events: the Children's Championship and the Tournament of the Towns (the Capitals of the World).
Next, FIDE president spoke with reporters of Tasnim News Agency. In particular, replying the question of how he relates to the need to wear hijabs by chess players, Ilyumzhinov said: "There are 187 members in FIDE, each of them has the right to hold chess competitions. All these countries have their own laws and customs, under which the tournaments are held. FIDE adheres to the belief that these laws should be respected. Someone may not be happy that the Men’s World Championship will be held in the United States; perhaps, the opponents of the tournament for the Chess Crown have their own arguments. However, the FIDE is out of politics, chess is called to unite and not divide people. This is our basic principle".