Interview with Yuki Shigeno
Yuki Shigeno took time out from her busy schedule to do an interview with Euro Go TV.
ID: Can you tell us exactly what your role here in Lille is, are you teaching or working for the IGF?
YS: I am here representing the IGF, I have been general secretary of the organisation since 2006.
ID: So you are attending lots of meetings then?
YS: Yes, many meetings. We have been discussing the 2nd Sport Accord World Mind Games which took place in Beijing, the IMSA also organised this event. Also, we are meeting to discuss the 3rd World Mind Sports Games.
ID: Can you describe the IMSA organisation a little for us? I think a lot of people are unclear about what exactly it is.
YS: Yes. The International Mind Sports Association was founded in 2005. It is made up from the mind sports federations of Chess, Draughts, Bridge and Go. The aims are the promotion and development of mind sports games, and to organise international events like the World Mind Sports Games. Whilst Go may be concentrated in one area, Chess is more worldwide. So together we can contribute different ideas, when we work together we are more powerful.
ID: What about Poker and Xiang-qi, will they become part of the IMSA.
YS: For the moment these sports are associate members. The problem is that members must be recognised by Sports Accord first before they can be full members.
ID: What do you think of Lille? Have you had any time to see the city?
YS: I have seen around la Grande Place, and the old castle, but also I have had time to meet new friends and old friends. I think that Go players are like a big family.
ID: Are you pleased with the turn out for the event here?
YS: Yes, I didn't expect so many countries to come, the EGF has worked very hard. I think that Lille is a very beautiful city. Probably it is one of the reasons why we see so many countries here, to visit this beautiful place in France. It's an attractive place to hold the event, an interesting place.
ID: Can you explain why there are no professionals playing this year, is it to encourage amateur play?
YS: No. The main problem is that it would interfere with their schedule. Also, the sponsorship, there is no sponsor for the games, and professional players will expect renumeration. It is a difficult situation, because they played in the first event, but there was not a lot of time to prepare for the second event.
ID: Yes, even my own country found it hard to put together a team.
YS: The EGF worked a lot to make this event, and it has a good potential. It should be a good experience for future activity.
ID: Have you had time to look at the other games here?
YS: A little. It is a pity that we are all on separate floors here. Mind sports payers have a common way of thinking, we share the same type of social relationships. It would be nice to more together here. The games are a good opportunity for promotion, we are facing competition from video games etc., through co-operation we can redress this. We are more attractive when we are in partnership.
ID: Do you have any final words for us?
YS: I would like to give a big thank you to everyone involved with this event.
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