For the first time, an Olympic-style flashlight relay will be held near the 44th Chess Olympiad to be held near here in July-August. The torch relay will henceforth be a regular feature of the prestigious event. It will always start in India – the birthplace of chess – and will travel to all continents before reaching the host city, the game’s global governing body FIDE announced. However, due to lack of time, the torch relay will be operated only in India this time. Legendary Vishwanathan Anand will also be one of the participants.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich said the move would help popularize the game of chess and gain the support of fans around the world.
Beginning with the next edition of the Olympiad, according to the Olympic Games tradition, the torch will travel across all continents, visiting FIDE member regions, which will end before the start of the Chess Olympiad in the host country and city. . ” He added.
– All India Chess Federation (aicfchess) June 7, 2022
Bharat Singh Chouhan, director of the Olympiad event, said in a press release that the dates and routes of the torch relay would be announced soon after consultation with the government, FIDE and other stakeholders.
“50 days left for Chennai Olympiad. Watch the Olympiad Torch Relay, cheer and join me,” Anand tweeted.
Top Indian female chess player Conero Humpy said in a tweet, “What a time to be an Indian #chess player. A moment of pride. Praise تعریفaicfchess #OlympiadFlame #ChessOlympiad # 50 days left.” India is hosting the Chess Olympiad for the first time.
“It’s really a great honor for the country. Athens for the Olympics means what India will be like for the chess community,” Chauhan said.
The 44th Chess Olympiad will be held at Mahabali Puram near here from July 28 to August 10.
A record 343 teams from 187 countries have already entered the tournament in the Open and Women’s sections.
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