Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch the first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch Relay for the forty fourth version of the occasion on Sunday on the Indira Gandhi Worldwide Stadium in New Delhi. The inaugural version of the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay will go to 75 cities throughout the nation because the All India Chess Federation (AICF) revealed the route map on Friday. The Worldwide Chess Federation (FIDE) launched an Olympic-style Torch Relay custom for its Olympiad from this yr’s occasion and named India because the beginning flame level for every version, commemorating the recognition of chess within the nation the place the game originated.
“I am actually excited to be a part of this historic second. I used to be all the time fascinated by the Olympic Torch Relay idea and now we even have one in chess. However essentially the most wonderful factor about it’s, that it’ll all the time begin in India. And as an Indian, I really feel actually proud about this truth,” stated the five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand whereas addressing the media throughout a press convention.
AICF President Sanjay Kapoor and AICF Secretary and Olympiad Director Bharat Singh Chauhan have been additionally current on the occasion.
Ranging from the nationwide capital, the historic Olympiad Torch Relay will journey throughout the nation earlier than reaching its destination–Mahabalipuram on July 27. Leh, Srinagar, Jaipur, Surat, Mumbai, Bhopal, Patna, Kolkata, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thrissur, Port Blair and Kanyakumari will likely be among the many 75 cities.
“Chess Olympiad Torch Relay is a good medium to popularise the game in India. We’ve ensured that it visits and covers each nook of the nation, inspiring many people. It will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime expertise for everybody. I consider this can contribute immensely in direction of making India a worldwide chess powerhouse,” stated AICF Secretary and Olympiad Director Chauhan.
“This Olympiad Torch Relay will add a golden chapter in Indian sporting historical past and, ranging from India each version, it’s going to inspire generations to take up this sport. On behalf of the federation, we thank Honourable Prime Minister Modi ji for accepting our invitation. Occasions of such stature take lots of effort and we’re lucky to have obtained the help from everybody together with the federal government and different stakeholders,” AICF President Kapoor added.
The forty fourth version of the world’s greatest chess occasion will likely be held in Mahabalipuram close to Chennai from July 28 to August 10.
In practically 100 years of the historical past of the Chess Olympiad, it is the primary time that India will likely be internet hosting this prestigious occasion. With 188 nations registered for the upcoming Olympiad, Indian sporting historical past can also be set to witness an enormous congregation of nations on Indian soil for the primary time at an occasion. And celebrating this, AICF has unveiled a social media marketing campaign ‘Namaste World’, welcoming the chess neighborhood from world wide for this occasion.
AICF had earlier introduced two Indian groups every within the open and girls’s sections because the forty fourth Chess Olympiad has attracted 343 groups in each sections.
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