Karpov To Tour Mideast
JERUSALEM (AP) Former world chess champion
Anatoly Karpov will tour the Middle East to raise money for the YMCA in the
Palestinian areas, which face financial difficulties after five months of
Karpov will visit the West Bank and the Gaza Strip next week to study the organization's needs, his agent, Shiloh Quinn, said Tuesday.
In May, Karpov will embark on a 60-day tour
of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, the Gaza
Strip and the Israeli Arab city of Nazareth, with a goal of raising $5
million. Karpov plans to play 20 games, selling sponsorship of each match
for $250,000, Quinn said. The YMCA provides accommodations for pilgrims and
tourists to the Holy Land. It also offers cultural, social and sports
facilities and vocational training for Palestinians.
Since fighting began on Sept. 28, tourists have stopped visiting Palestinian areas. The YMCA had to close its hotel in east Jerusalem, a major source of income, said the organization's director, Judeh Majaj.