FIDE president: ‘Delighted about Chennai internet hosting the Olympiad’

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Arkady Dvorkovich, president of the Worldwide Chess Federation, signed a contract on Friday with the All India Chess Federation (AICF) confirming that Chennai will host the forty fourth Chess Olympiad in August, 2022.

“I’m delighted about Chennai hosting the Olympiad. I thank the Tamil Nadu authorities and the Chief Minister M. Ok. Stalin. I’m assured that it could be an awesome success,” mentioned 5 time world champion Viswanathan Anand, who was current on the media occasion together with officers of the Tamil Nadu authorities.

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Anand mentioned that he had recognized the FIDE president for a while, however had by no means visualised that he would meet him in Chennai or that his dwelling metropolis would host the Olympiad. The FIDE president and the staff had a two-day inspection of the services in Chennai earlier than signing the deal. “We didn’t have time for correct bidding course of. It was casual dialogue. There was nothing similar to what India supplied,” mentioned the FIDE president, fairly happy with the velocity at which the AICF, with assist from the Tamil Nadu authorities, had finalised all the things in knowledgeable means.

Two weeks of pleasure

The Olympiad was initially scheduled to be held in Minsk, Belarus, and had later shifted to Moscow, Russia.

“There will likely be pleasure for a few weeks. I hope followers come from throughout India, as they will see so many gamers,” mentioned Anand, who was significantly happy on the venue on the East Coast Highway (ECR) in Chennai, because it was “picturesque and funky.”

India, because the host, could have the possibility to subject two groups, which the FIDE president noticed as “doubling the probabilities of victory.”

AICF president Sanjay Kapoor mentioned it was a historic second for India, as it could be internet hosting the Olympiad, which started in 1927, for the primary time. He additionally thanked the Tamil Nadu chief minister for approving the undertaking in 48 hours. Secretary common of AICF Bharat Singh Chauhan noticed that it could be the most important sporting occasion within the nation with greater than 160 nations anticipated to compete.

“It takes 4 years to arrange for such an occasion. We’re doing it in 4 months,” mentioned Chauhan.

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