MOGADISHU, April11, 2009 – The 6th election congress of the Somali Chess Federation has been concluded at The
Nasa-Hablod Palace hotel in Mogadishu late on Friday with Dr. Ahmed Abdi Hassan Wataac re-elected to lead the federation until 2012.
After his re-election President Wataac who talked to reporters vowed to spread the chess which is now confined to Mogadishu and major cities through out all Somalia.
“We can say chess is the oldest sport in the world, since it was played in some countries in the year 600 but at that time it was limited to only royal families and then military used to play as it was finally recognized as sport event in the whole world, but in Somalia chess being played as sport was some thing new in the past several years but now it seems to be well known here” the president said.
Last year Somali chess federation succeeded to include chess-related lessons to schools academics as kind of chess in schools development program and since then children at 50 primary, intermediate and secondary schools in Mogadishu have been taking chess lessons.
The president said that Somali chess federation schedules to start such chess in schools program in 14 regions before the end of the year so that the ambition of spreading chess through out Somalia can be approached.
Somali sports Minister Suleyman Olad Roble who witnessed the election described it as free and fair and called on other sporting federations to hold their elections in such transparent manner.
“We know that the mandate of most Somali sporting federations ended but we want to see like what we have witnessed here today” the minister added.
President of Somali Olympic committee Aden Hajji Yabarow (Wiish) also praised the federation identifying it as a fast-growing federation with hard-working leadership.
“This is one of the youngest sporting federations in Somalia, but it is competing with some of the oldest federations and that is because of the activeness of its president Dr. Wataac who is committed to developing his federation” Somali NOC president added during his address at the end of the election congress of Somali chess federation.
Affiliated to the World Chess Federation in 2002 and Arab Chess in 2003, the Somali Chess Federation is one of Somalia’s most hard working federations and is the first to commence a school development program in the war-ravaged horn of African nation of Somalia which has been under going bloody armed confrontations since 1991.
Mean while in a separate development the principles of Mogadishu-based primary, intermediate and secondary schools have elected the Banadir Regional chess scholastic association (Bascha), the first of such regional association established in Somalia.
The association will be responsible for maintenance of chess in schools development program in the capital Mogadishu, as declared in its constitution.
The main objective of forming this association is to broaden the activities of Somali chess federation in and around the lawless capital to pave the way for the formation of such associations in the regions of Somalia.
Chairman of Bascha Hassan Sheik Ibrahim Omar said he is very hopeful that his new association will score tangible successes in the near future.
“As we have learned from the past history Somali sport had for the first time grown in schools which were the real basement of the nation’s sport so we have decided to go back to schools so that children like those of four years of age and some thing like that may be grown in the chess” Bascha chairman added.
The New Executive committee of Somali chess federation
Ahmed Abdi Hassan Wataac: President
Hassan Mohamed Hussein vice President
Mohamed Ahmed Ali Vice president
Nadifo Sheik Hassan Vice president
Ahmed Qasim Nur Honor President
Ali Abdirahman Dahir FIDE delegate
Professor Abokar Osman Abikar General Secretary
Ahmed Dhiblawe Asir deputy general Secretary
Ali Yusuf Ali International relations
Abdullahi Ali Takow Treasure
Abdirahman Sheik Hussein Farah rating officer
Said Abdullahi Abdi Member
Ali Abdullahi Hussein Member