The 44th Chess Olympiad, to be held in Mahabalipuram about 58 km from here, would see the participation of more than 150 countries and the tournament would be the biggest sporting event ever held in India, the Chief Minister of Chess said on Wednesday. Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin.
The Chief Minister, who announced that Tamil Nadu would host the international event, affirmed that this Olympiad would be a milestone in the history of the state. “Tamil Nadu had the opportunity to host the 44th Chess Olympiad. It is a proud moment for all Tamils,” he said.
The Chief Minister who took to his microblogging site to make the announcement said, “Sport is about power, talent, beauty and so much more. Chess in particular is an amazing game that relies on the constant concentration of the participants and the biting thrill appreciated by the spectators.”
Tamil Nadu, he said, is deeply connected with this amazing game. From world renowned Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand to young prodigy Praggnandhaa, Tamil Nadu has continuously produced world class players.
“This tournament, which will see participants from over 150 countries around the world, will be the biggest sporting event ever held in India,” he said and thanked FIDE and AICF for this historic opportunity.
Stalin claimed that the event would bring the hospitality and culture of Tamil Nadu to the world stage and said that he decided to lead this Chess Olympiad in a great way and welcome all the chess wizards of the whole world.
The Olympiad left Russia after invading neighboring Ukraine last month. Meanwhile, the world chess governing body on Wednesday suspended teams from Russia and Belarus from FIDE competitions until further notice.
Stating that organizers would have to race against time to stage the event in four months, All India Chess Federation (AICF) President Sanjay Kapoor said it would be held from July 26 to August 8.
Bharat Chauhan, secretary of the AICF, told reporters here that the chief minister granted the approvals within five minutes and that he got the (sanction) letter within hours of starting the discussion with government officials. . He claimed that enough rooms have already been blocked to accommodate Mahabalipuram attendees.
“We will follow all COVID-19 safety standards stipulated by the government,” he answered a question. Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu, who was present on the occasion, ensured all assistance on behalf of the government in conducting the event.