Magnus Carlsen separates from the federation of Norway
CHENNAI: current world champion Magnus Carlsen has separated from the Norwegian Chess Federation (NCF) after the sports agency rejected a five-year, $ 5.9 million sponsorship agreement with a betting firm. A statement from the NCF on Friday confirmed the news.
A source close to the development said the NCF had received a message from Carlsen's father, Henrik, on September 30, indicating the decision of the 28-year-old. As already indicated this summer, Magnus wants to leave the Norwegian Chess Federation, and as quickly as possible, the statement quotes Henrik's message in the statement.
However, it was learned that although Carlsen will no longer be associated with the Norwegian chess corps, he will continue to represent the country. The source confirmed that Carlsen had the option to ask the governing body of the game: FIDE - to play under their flag. “With Carlsen no longer an official member of the NFC, he can choose what he wants to do. We have a few Bulgarian players who feature in tournaments under the FIDE flag, ”added the source.
Carlsen’s manager Espen Agdestein as well as his father though made it clear that the world’s highest-rated player will turn out for Norway. “Carlsen will take the opportunity to continue to represent Norway as clarified with FIDE in the summer,” Henrik’s message stated.
Carlsen did not support NCF rejecting the sponsorship agreement with Kindred, a betting company, in July this year. The source of the decision did not go well with Carlsen. “The NCF, through its Congress, voted 132-44 against the agreement in July this year. Carlsen was a great advocate of the same. The Norwegian gaming regulator issued a warning saying the company operated illegally in the country. The federation's decision did not go well with Carlsen, the source said.