FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovic will hand over the torch to PM Modi, who will in turn hand it over to Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand.
Starting from the national capital, the historic Olympiad torch relay will travel across the country (75 cities in 40 days) before reaching its destination- Mahabalipuram on July 27. Leh, Srinagar, Jaipur, Surat, Mumbai, Bhopal, Patna, Kolkata, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thrissur, Port Blair and Kanyakumari will be among the 75 cities.
The International Chess Federation (FIDE) introduced an Olympic-style torch relay tradition for its Olympiads from this year’s event and named India as the starting flame point for each edition, commemorating the popularity of chess in that country. Where the game originated.
“I am really excited to be a part of this historic moment. I was always fascinated by the Olympic torch relay concept and now we have one in chess as well. But the most amazing thing about it is that it will always start from India And as an Indian, I feel really proud of this fact,” five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand said while addressing the media during a press conference in Delhi on Friday.
All India Chess Federation (AICF) President Sanjay Kapoor and AICF Secretary and Director of Olympiad Bharat Singh Chauhan were also present at the event along with Jagdish Mitra, Head Strategy, Tech Mahindra and Ms Apoorva, Principal Secretary. Government of Tamil Nadu.
“Chess Olympiad Torch Relay is a great medium to popularize the sport in India. We have made sure that it visits every corner of the country and inspires many. It will be an experience of a lifetime for all. I me I am sure it will make a huge contribution in making India a global chess superpower.”
“This Olympiad torch relay will add a golden chapter in Indian sports history and starting every edition from India, it will inspire generations to take up the sport. On behalf of the federation, we would like to accept our invitation from the Honorable Prime Minister. The Minister thanks Modi ji. AICF President Kapur said that it takes a lot of hard work to organize such events and we are fortunate that we have got the support of everyone including the government and other stakeholders.
The 44th edition of the world’s biggest chess event will be held at Mahabalipuram near Chennai from July 28 to August 10. In the nearly 100-year history of Chess Olympiad, this is the first time that India will host this prestigious event.
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