Ukrainian grandmaster Ivanchuk
Ukrainian grandmaster Ivanchuk refused to be allowed out of the country for the sake of the FIDE World Cup
Ukrainian grandmaster Vasily Ivanchuk was refused to be allowed out of the country to participate in the World Cup of the International Chess Federation (FIDE). This was reported on the website of the organization.

FIDE said that under current law, in order to leave the country for sporting purposes, an athlete needed permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which he was denied. It is noted that the request from the organizers of the World Cup, the Azerbaijan Chess Federation, was also rejected.

The World Cup will be held in Baku from July 29 to August 25. Ivanchuk received a wild card from FIDE to participate in this tournament.

Ivanchuk is the 2016 World Rapid Chess Champion and a four-time World Chess Olympiad champion (1988, 1990, 2004, 2010). He lives in Lvov.

In May 2022, the Ukrainian authorities allowed athletes and coaches who participate in international competitions to travel abroad. Athletes can stay abroad continuously for no more than 30 days.