Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the historic torch relay of the 44th Chess Olympiad on June 19, marking the start of the relay at 5pm at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi. He will also give a speech on this occasion.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich will pass the torch to Prime Minister Modi, who in turn will pass it to Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand.
The historic Olympic torch relay will travel across the country (75 cities in 40 days) from the nation’s capital before reaching its destination, Mahabalipuram, on July 27th. The 75 cities include Leh, Srinagar, Jaipur, Surat, Mumbai, Bhopal, Patna, Kolkata, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thrissur, Port Blair and Kanyakumari.
The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has established a tradition of Olympic Torch Relay for its Olympiad from this year’s event, naming India as the starting point for each edition to commemorate chess’s popularity in the sport’s country of origin.
“I am very happy to be part of this historic moment. The concept of the Olympic torch relay has always fascinated me and now we have one in chess too. But the most amazing thing is that he will always start from India. And as an Indian, I’m really proud of it,” said five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand while addressing the media at a news conference in Delhi on Friday.
Indian Chess Federation (AICF) President Sanjay Kapoor and AICF Secretary and Olympiad Director Bharat Singh Chauhan were also present at the event, along with Tech Mahindra Chief Strategy Officer Jagdish Mitra and Ms. Apoorva, Chief Secretary. Government. from Tamil Nadu.
“The Olympic Chess Torch Relay is a great way to popularize the sport in India. We made sure it visits and covers all corners of the country and inspires many people. It will be a unique experience for everyone. I think this will do a lot to make India a world chess powerhouse,” said Chauhan.
“This Olympic torch relay will write a golden chapter in the history of Indian sport and, beginning with India in each edition, will inspire generations to embrace the sport. On behalf of the Association, we thank the Honorable Prime Minister Modi ji for accepting our invitation. Events of this magnitude require a lot of effort and we are fortunate to have received support from everyone, including the government and other stakeholders,” added AICF President Kapoor.
The 44th edition of the world’s greatest chess event will take place from July 28th to August 10th in Mahabalipuram near Chennai. In the nearly 100-year history of the Chess Olympiad, India is hosting this prestigious event for the first time.
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