Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the forty fourth Chess Olympiad open at a grand perform held at JLN Indoor Stadium, Chennai on Thursday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, actor Rajinikanth and Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports activities Anurag Thakur had been amongst these current on the ceremony.
The Prime Minister had launched the first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch Relay on the Indira Gandhi Nationwide Stadium in New Delhi on June 19.
“There are various temples in Tamil Nadu with lovely sculptures that characterize completely different sports activities. Tamil Nadu has a robust historic reference to Chess. The state has produced many Chess masters. It`s dwelling to a vibrant tradition and the oldest language `Tamil`”, the Prime Minister mentioned on the inauguration occasion.
In sports activities, there are not any losers.
There are winners and there are future winners.
I want all of the groups and gamers gathered right here the perfect for the forty fourth Chess Olympiad.
Now, I declare the forty fourth Chess Olympiad open. Might the sport start: PM @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/qKjA9xmHVR
— PIB India (@PIB_India) July 28, 2022
The torch travelled to 75 iconic places within the nation for over a interval of 40 days, traversing shut to twenty,000 kilometres and culminating in Mahabalipuram earlier than it heads to the FIDE Headquarters, Switzerland. The forty fourth Chess Olympiad will probably be held from July 28 to August 10 with the registration of 187 nations, a world report by way of the variety of taking part nations in a single version of the Olympiad.
India had been handed internet hosting rights in April when FIDE determined to shift the occasion outdoors the unique host nation, Russia. And since then, AICF has been placing in Herculean efforts, working around the clock, in preparation for this grand occasion which is occurring in India for the primary time ever.
The Chess Olympiad Torch Relay reached Madurai in Tamil Nadu on Monday. The opposite cities which have been coated by torch relay embrace Agartala, Namsai, Dibrugarh, Itanagar, Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Dharamshala, Shimla, Chandigarh, Patiala, Amritsar, Panipat, Gurugram, Kurukshetra, Dehradun, Haridwar, Meerut, Kanpur, Kevadia, Ahmedabad, Dandi, Surat, Jaipur, Daman, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Panaji, Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jhansi, Gangtok, Siliguri, Kohima, Gangtok, Shillong, Guwahati and Siliguri, Raipur, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Konark, Visakhapatnam, Amaravati, Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Thiruvananthapuram.