Team Sleeps at airport
Monday, 20 September 2010 11:12
The Malawi National Chess Team failed to connect to Khanty-mansiysk after the organisers changed the flight time without proper notifications. In an email to the Chessam President,leader of delegation, Paul Nyirenda wrote "..Wish to inform you that we travelled well from Malawi to Dubai. We arrived in Dubai this morning (19th September 2010)at 3 am. However, we have been told that our flight to Russia has been rescheduled to tomorrow. As a result, we are forced to sleep at the airport in Dubai for a night due to the unexpected flight change. No accomodation has been made by the organisers as such we may sleep on the floor as we are also not allowed to get out of the airport due to VISA requirements. So far we have met several other players from different countries such as Zambia, Botswana, Nigeria etc. Will keep you updated." Chessam regrets this inconvenience and blames the organisers for the inconvenience. It must be noted that several federations had cautioned the organisers for the several changes that they had done within the past few days. notable to react first were the Royal Dutch Chess Federation as in an email that reads: On 15 Sep 2010, at 11:32, Jeroen Bosch wrote: > > To the Organizing Committee of the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, > > Changing the charter times at such short notice is of course completely > unacceptable. > > The Dutch Chess Federation loses the connecting flight tickets in that case. > And I am sure that numerous other participating teams would lose their > connecting flight tickets as well. > > The Dutch Chess Federation demands that the charter times are changed back > to the schedule that was well publicized on the FIDE website and > communicated by the organisers as the final flight schedule. > > For our Munich flight this means: > LG 7525 19 Sep Munich 16.25 Khanty-Mansiysk 03.00 (20 Oct) > LG 7528 4 Oct Khanty-Mansiysk 04.35- Munich 05.10 (4 Oct) > > If you do not change back the flight schedule we demand full financial > compensation. > > We expect your reply confirming the change back to the charter times as > above within 24 hours. > > ROYAL DUTCH CHESS FEDERATION (KNSB) >
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