[Israel.pm] A severe offtopic

Roman M. Parparov romm at empire.tau.ac.il
Wed Jul 14 09:07:36 PDT 2004

My dear fellow Mongers,

This is a severe offtopic, but hopefully you would understand it
and maybe even hopefully help me (to be precise, us) out with some

I am speaking now as the press officer of the Israeli Chess Federation,
an organization which represents the national sport of huge success but
of more than modest budget. And the pro-olympic elements of the
Israeli sportive authorities, relying on the fact chess is not an
olympic sport, are trying to inflict additional governmental subsidial
cuts to our Federation, so that our situation is becoming, to put it
bluntly, miserable.

To bring numbers, our budget has reduced from 2.5M NIS some five years
ago to 1.5M NIS, and that despite we raised membership rates and club
taxes. The local authorities also struggling in supporting their
municipal chess clubs and schools.

In spite of those severe problems, Israeli Chess continues to impress
the world, and reached its peak during last year when our national team
took the Silver medal in the European Championship and the Beer-Sheva
chess Club took very honorable fifth place in the European Club Cup 
(something like Football Champions League), and our junior players
brought home successfull performances in continental and world events.

To these woes, the political one added recently: the World Championship
held in Libya recently was locked from the Israeli participants, all
of whom are real medal contenders. The government didn't provide any
significant diplomatic support in order to avoid this embarrassing

Therefore we decided to look for sponsors and patrons outside the
governmental structure, and first of all, being representatives of the
sport that has been called "the gymnastics of mind", we try to appeal
to the prospering technological companies in Israel.

So if your managers or yourselves are willing to sponsor any activities
of the Israel Chess Federation, we would be extremely grateful and would
try to reward the sponsors in whatever means we are capable of, first of
all, by holding various chess events explicitly for the sponsor.
Advertising contracts are, also, of course, welcome.

The examples of sponsorable activities would be:
* National teams (men, women, juniors, seniors)
* International tournaments in Israel
* Sponsorships for chess clubs
* Sponsorships for the Israeli League and the Israeli National Championship
* Patronizing of the young prodigies.
* General support for the Federation.

The Chairman of the Federation, International Master Innon Boim 
and me would be glad to meet with anyone who may express the interest 
in sponsorship

Thank you for your attention, and sorry again for the offtopic.
[To make everything clear, neither Mr. Boim, nor me are receiving
 any financial benefits from our Federation activities]

The site of the Israel Chess Federation is at http://www.chess.org.il

		Roman Parparov,
		Israel Chess Federation Press-Attachee
		and Federation Board member. 
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