India will light the Chess Olympiad torch every two years:
Kiren Rijiju competed in the torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad with FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Sunday launched the torch relay at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.
Rijiju said that India will always cherish this moment of hosting the 44th Chess Olympiad. For the first time such a big event will be held in India. The most important thing is the torch which is really the beginning of any Olympic movement. The burning of the torch is in itself something that is deeply, emotionally attached to the country from which it begins. In India, the torch will be lit every two years, because it is a moment of holiness for all, it must be carried forward. ”
India’s team is the largest ever in this year’s Chess Olympiad. The 40-day torch relay will feature some of the best stars of the Indian chess community for the torch. The torch rally will end at Mahabalipuram before leaving for FIDE Headquarters, Switzerland.
In addition to the torch rally, cultural events are planned, including an interactive bus journey from one city to another and a cultural parade.
India, which made its debut at the event in Moscow (27th place) in 1956, has one gold medal from the Chess Olympiad (joint winner with Russia in 2020) and two bronze medals (2021, 2014). While the 2020 and 2021 editions were held virtually due to the Covid 19 epidemic. The 2022 edition will be the first over-the-board chess Olympiad to be held in Georgia since 2018.
(Courtesy Syndicate Feed)