Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged off the first-ever torch relay for the Chess Olympiad forward of the forty fourth version of the occasion, which is to be held in Mahabalipuram from July 28 to August 10. The worldwide chess physique, FIDE, for the very first time has instituted the torch relay, which is a part of the Olympic custom, however was by no means finished within the Chess Olympiad. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich handed over the torch to the prime minister who gave it to the legendary Viswanathan Anand.
The torch will probably be taken to 75 cities in a span of 40 days earlier than arriving in Mahabalipuram close to Chennai. At each location, chess grandmasters of the state will obtain the torch.
Leh, Srinagar, Jaipur, Surat, Mumbai, Bhopal, Patna, Kolkata, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thrissur, Port Blair and Kanyakumari are among the many 75 cities.
In practically 100 years of the historical past of the Chess Olympiad, it is the primary time that India will probably be internet hosting the celebrated occasion. With 188 international locations registered for the upcoming Olympiad, the nation is about to witness an enormous congregation of countries for a sporting occasion for the primary time on Indian soil.
Talking on the event, PM Modi, who made a ceremonial transfer on the chess board in opposition to girl Grandmaster Kneru Humpy, stated: “The primary-ever torch relay of the Chess Olympiad is ranging from India, it is usually the primary time India is internet hosting the large occasion.
“We’re proud that the game rose from its delivery place and has made its presence felt everywhere in the world. We’re delighted to see chess return to its delivery place and have fun its success within the type of Chess Olympiad.
“FIDE has determined that the torch relay will begin from India. It’s not simply India’s honour however honour for chess.” Modi stated chess is not only a recreation however has now change into an academic software.
“In India wrestling, kabaddi, malkhamb have been performed to stay match and for analytical abilities, our forefathers invented chess. Chess travelled to complete world and have become common. At the moment chess has change into an academic software, chess gamers have gotten drawback solvers,” he stated.
Modi stated yoga and meditation are very important to success in chess.
Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur, who additionally attended the grand occasion, thanked the PM for supporting sports activities.
“It’s a huge alternative for India that the land the place chess originated, it will likely be hosted on this nation. I thank the PM for his endeavour and assist.” “At any time when torch relay occurs it’s going to begin from India. In 1956, India participated for first time in Chess Olympiad after which took years to win a medal, however after that, by no means seemed again,” he stated.
“At the moment there’s immense consciousness about sports activities within the nation, because of our PM. He is not only a sports activities fanatic, sports activities lover, he’s an avid sports activities fan too who cares about our sportspersons.” World chess physique president Dvorkovich stated he’s grateful to the Indian authorities for internet hosting the celebrated occasion.
“I’m delighted to start out the brand new custom torch relay in India. Olympic flame is an emblem of Olympic motion and friendship, similar would be the torch relay. In future we plan to increase the torch relay to your complete world however it’s going to at all times begin from India.
“FIDE is grateful to Authorities of India for taking this initiative which can make this recreation common. Hope chess can change into part of academic programme in all faculties throughout India and the world,” he stated.
“India, right now, is the quickest rising chess nation on the planet. It is a dream to host the Olympiad in India.” The ceremony began with the normal dances of India depicting the 64 squares.
The programme additionally showcased the historical past of the traditional recreation, its origin and evolution.
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