Canadian Olympic Team scandal brewing…?!
Board 1: Mark Bluvshtein
Board 2: Thomas Roussel-Roozmon
Board 3: Leonid Gerzhoy
Board 4: Artiom Samsonkin
Reserve: Nikolay Noritsyn.
Captain: Yura Ochkoos.
Board 1: Yuanling Yuan
Board 2: Dina Kagramanov
Board 3: Iulia Lacau-Rodean
Board 4: Yelizaveta Orlova
Reserve: Dalia Kagramanov.
Captain: William Yuan.
Several governors have been alerted to the potential problem, in particular, just how did Nikolay Noritsyn make the team when apparently he wasn’t even on the short list of either of the team selectors (Ron Livshits and Igor Zugic).
Igor Zugic won the Canadian Zonal in 2006 and is a frequent participant on the National Team. Igor wrote a long post on http://www.chesstalk/ explaining the process from his perspective, noting ” I have no clue how Noritsyn ended up on the team…”
Ron Livshits has been a member of the National Team on numerous occasions, both as player and coach. Was it his decision to put Noritsyn on the team? And if so, by what authority?
Apparently both E.Porper and T.Krnan were not contacted at any point in the process and both have higher ratings than Noritsyn, and this has not gone unnoticed. As things stand now, only one player from outside of Ontario has made the team and some are raising issues of favouritism in the selection process.
IM Nikolay Noritsyn, born in 1991, represented Canada at the Dresden Olympiad (2008) by virtue of winning the 2007 Canadian Championship. A promising player in his own right, has now become the centre of a growing controversy.
To be fair, Ilyia Bluvshtein–who seems to be the person the CFC entrusted to oversee the entire process–has been on vacation this past week and is expected to be back home sometime today. No doubt Ilyia–for whom I have a lot of respect–will provide some additional information to explain the problems encountered.
I personally have no idea of what has happened, and will wait until Ilyia clarifies the situation from his point of view. However, the CFC recently has earned a reputation of ignoring the rules all together and simply hope that no one takes them to court for violation not just of their own rules and regulations , but of the trust that the membership has put in them.