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Leonid Sandler
15-09-2005, 08:41 PM
With Olympiad only 8 month away it would be nice to know whats happening with Olympic appeal.

Leonid Sandler
15-09-2005, 08:56 PM
As you know organisers of Olimpiad are hoping to reduce number of rounds to 13.In my opinion it would be counter productive expecially for countries like Australia.Chess players are spending a lot of money and efforts to participate and be part of great chess event.If organisers will be reducing amount of rounds soon we will see less and less chess .

pax
15-09-2005, 11:52 PM
With Olympiad only 8 month away it would be nice to know whats happening with Olympic appeal.

Since there is no appeal coordinator, I would imagine "not a lot".

Denis_Jessop
16-09-2005, 10:25 AM
As you know organisers of Olimpiad are hoping to reduce number of rounds to 13.In my opinion it would be counter productive expecially for countries like Australia.Chess players are spending a lot of money and efforts to participate and be part of great chess event.If organisers will be reducing amount of rounds soon we will see less and less chess .

The ACF Council has voted (in an e-mail vote that closed yesterday) to oppose the reduction but I have no idea what other nations are thinking about it.

DJ

Denis_Jessop
16-09-2005, 10:27 AM
Since there is no appeal coordinator, I would imagine "not a lot".

When our ad for a coordinator closes I shall ensure that things move on quickly whether we get any responses or not.

DJ

Ian_Rogers
16-09-2005, 10:39 AM
I guess this question that has been building for many years now but noone seems to be asking is:

Is the Olympiad Appeal still worthwhile?

From a player's point of view it is great to realise that you have direct support from so many people but financially the public appeal has minimal benefits.

In the last decade the only time the Appeal was successful was in 2002, but this was mostly due to Jason Lyons securing sponsorship from Ansell and the NSW government, with the money then added to the Appeal.

Setting up and running the Appeal requires a lot of work from a Coordinator and I can't help thinking that there must be a way of using this time, for example to search for sponsors for the team. Of course it is possible to do both but given limited resources, it would seem more logical to concentrate on the more cost-effective option.

I don't know all the other Olympiad players' opinions on this but I doubt that the few hundred dollars we usually get from the Appeal will make the difference between going to Turin or not.

Ian

four four two
16-09-2005, 11:52 AM
I think Ians right here,with the olympiad being every 2 years the ACF should be able to secure at least two to five thousand dollars in sponsorship every olympiad cycle. Practically all teams that represent Australia overseas can secure this level of sponsorship over a 2 year period,I find it incredulous that there isnt at least 1 decent sized company in Australia willing to do this.
The ACF has got to keep banging on doors until they get a yes,remember sponsorship isnt just important for the olympiad appeal,its vital for the development of a vibrant chess scene in Australia. Im not bagging the ACF for its efforts,just giving my opinion on where I think your energies are best served.

Denis_Jessop
16-09-2005, 04:10 PM
We have yet to receive applications for the Appeal Coordinator but I wouldn't regard the concept as necessarily confined to organising small contributions from individual chess players and supporters. There is no reason why it could not as well cover obtaining of commercial sponsorship and even payment by the ACF of a commission for that. In other words the whole concept is fluid and up to the imagination of the applicants in my view. I think it is also true to say that the small number of ACF Councillors does not include people who have the time or expertise to find out likely sponsors, hence the need for a specialist coordinator/fund-raiser.

DJ