PM Modi at Chess Olympiad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 44th Chess Olympiad amidst a colorful program at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai. On this occasion, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand handed over the torch of Chess Olympiad to PM Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin. The torch was then handed over to Young Grandmaster R Pragnanand along with other chess players present.
For the first time in India, for the Chess Olympiad, PM Modi reached the stadium by road from Chennai airport, during which on the way, musicians gave him a warm welcome with their performances, flowers were also showered on him from all sides. In this ceremony, PM Modi was seen in a patka with a border designed by the Chess Board. Many big personalities including superstar Rajinikanth were also present at the inauguration ceremony.
Inaugurating the Chess Olympiad, PM Modi said, “No one loses in sports as there is one winner and the other is the future winner.” He further added, “Sports is beautiful because it has the power to connect people, society. It promotes teamwork. Two years ago, the world came to a standstill due to the arrival of the Corona epidemic, but at such a time, the game worked to connect the world. The game sent an important message that we are stronger together. I see the same sentiment here as well.
Today i.e. on 28 July, the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games is starting in Birmingham. PM Modi did not forget to mention this special coincidence at the opening ceremony of the Chess Olympiad. He said, “Today is a good day for international sports. The 44th Chess Olympiad is starting here and thousands of players are participating in the Commonwealth Games in Britain. I wish all the best to all the players gathered here. I hope you will go with good memories of India. India will always welcome you with an open day.
The Chess Olympiad is being held at Mamallapuram, 50 km from Chennai. In this tournament, 188 players are participating in the open category and 162 players in the women’s category. In the tournament, three teams from India will compete in the Open and Women’s categories.
The torch relay of the Chess Olympiad covered 75 cities in 40 days and reached Chennai on the day of the opening ceremony. The special thing is that this tournament is being organized for the first time in India, which is also the birthplace of this sport. India is celebrating the 75th anniversary of independence, so the torch of the Olympiad covered a distance of 27 thousand kilometers passing through 75 cities.
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