Legendary Vishwanathan Anand on Friday said that India has a bright opportunity to win medals in this Chess Olympiad and he hoped that the youth could carry on the legacy of chess. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to launch the first Chess Olympiad Torch Relay for the 44th edition of the event at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Chess grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand said, “I am very excited about this. It is going to be a big event. About 2000 players will take part. I will guide my players. We have a chance to win a medal in this Olympiad.” It’s a good opportunity. ” India will host the 2022 World Chess Olympiad.
The inaugural edition of the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay will tour 75 cities across the country as the All India Chess Federation (AICF) unveiled the route map on Friday.
The International Chess Federation (FIDE) introduced the tradition of Olympic-style flashlight relays to its Olympiad from this year’s event, recalling the popularity of chess in the country and calling India the starting flame for each edition.
Talking about the future of sports in the country, Anand told ANI, “We are very fortunate to have a bright future in the game of chess. Our youth are performing well and they are the pride of the country. Will rise above. “
Talking about the young Indian Grandmaster who won the Norwegian Chess Open last week, Anand said, “Our future in chess is bright. If I talk about Ramesh Babu Parganandha and other young players. He is playing very well and I hope he can win. The legacy of chess is ahead. “
“Yes, we have a bright opportunity to win a medal in this Olympiad,” said the Indian Grandmaster.
The 44th edition of the world’s largest chess tournament will be held at Mahabalipuram near Chennai from July 28 to August 10.
For the first time in the nearly 100-year history of the Chess Olympiad, India is hosting this prestigious event. With 188 countries registered for the upcoming Olympiad, the history of Indian sports is also set to witness a large contingent of countries on Indian soil for the first time in a single event. And in celebration, the AICF has unveiled a social media campaign, Namaste World, which welcomes the chess community around the world to the event.
The AICF had earlier announced two Indian teams in the Open and Women’s sections as the 44th Chess Olympiad has attracted 343 teams in both the sections.
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