Monday, October 18, 2010

Malaysian youth players left for the 2010 World Youth Chess Championship in Greece

Head of Delegation - Ismail Ahmad (left) with the youth players shouting the traditional slogan - Malaysia Boleh!

18th October 2010 - The Malaysian youth players left from KLIA this morning  to The 2010 World Youth Chess Championship which will be held in Halkidiki, Greece  from 19th - 31st October, 2010.

Ex- World Police Chess Champion and national player - Ismail Ahmad was selected as the head of delegation. The squad  consist  of 14 players (List of players is  here - minus Irfan Azhar) and 12 accompanying person (parents, coach).

TV3 send their reporter to KLIA last night to cover the sending of our youth players to Greece. Interviews was made with the VIPs and the players. Datuk Dr. M. Kayveas - President of People's Progressive Party (PPP) was the special guest last night. In his interview with TV3, he hope that Jeegathess Gunabalan (Open, Under-8) and other youth players will achieve an excellent results in Greece. According to him, this could be an eye opener to the government of Malaysia  to allocate budget for the development of chess in Malaysia.

From left - Gunabalan (Jegathees's father), Datuk Abdul Wahab Hamid (LS Associates) , Tn. Hj. Ibrahim Abu Bakar (Deputy President of Malaysian Chess Federation), Datuk Dr.M. Kayveas and Jegathees Gunabalan.

Datuk Dr. M. Kayveas interviewed by TV3.

There are few players who were sponsored to Greece. Jegathees  is sponsored by Datuk Abdul Wahab Hamid from LS Associates Sdn. Bhd while Zainoor Akmal Maisarah is sponsored by UMNO.

Datuk Abdul Wahab Hamid, interviewed by TV3

 Zainoor Akmal Maisarah (Girl, Under-8) interviewed by TV3 . Her father - Mohamad Noor Azam standing on her side.

Jeegathees Gunabalan ( Open, Under-8 ) interviewed by TV3

IM Mashafizul (center) was also at KLIA. He was there to give support and motivation for the players. On his left  Zurin Mei - mother of Camilia Johari (Girls, Under-12 ) and on his right  - President of Penang Chess Association - Mr.Lee Ewe Ghee -father of Wiliam (Open, Under-12)  and Elgin Lee (Open, Under-14 )

MCF's Secretary - Gregory Lau (right) brief team captain- Ismail Ahmad about the travel itinerary, accommodation, etc.etc...

 I hope the players will give a strong perfomance in Greece - Malaysia Boleh !

Photos from Hairulov 

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