Founded in 2019
In 2018, Guillaume Salançon, a young entrepreneur in the event production field and his cousin, Thomas Cazeneuve, chessboxing world champion in 2017, set up to meet all the chessboxers and chessboxing clubs in France. Together they embarked on a chessboxing “tour de France” and met a lot of people trying their best to build chessboxing clubs, each in their own area. Guillaume Salançon then decided to gather all that potency and have everybody meet each other. After a big meeting between all the representatives, the French Federation was founded in early 2019.
Meanwhile, Guillaume Salançon worked on establishing a strong partnership with Iepe Rubingh and Enki Bilal, founding fathers of chessboxing, to create a CHESSBOXING FIGHTS event series in France, in order to promote chessboxing for all and turn it into an Olympic sport.
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Chessboxers are not high-level athletes. They are high level humans.
Guillaume Salançon is the director of an event company that has been organizing events and, most notably, producing the famous Worldwide Jazz Festival for 15 years.
He has been working on building new events and providing fun and entertainment to people his entire life.
When his cousin, Thomas Cazeneuve, started to practice chessboxing, Guillaume decided to follow and help him build up his sports career.
He travelled to Germany, England and all over France to meet chessboxing representatives.
During his trip, Guillaume discovered a new world in the sports universe and began making worthy connections with the different clubs in France.
Amazed by this sport and its philosophy, Guillaume decided to found the French Federation alongside Kamel Boudjahlat and Wilfried Hoareau.
Chessboxing is a strategy. Gandhi is good. Tyson as well.
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