Union Sports activities Minister, Anurag Thakur reiterated on Wednesday that as a sports activities lover, he’ll go away no stone unturned to popularise the game of chess in India.
India is ready to host the forty fourth FIDE Chess Olympiad in Chennai from July 28 to August 10 this yr and in a bid to advertise the game throughout the nation, the Chess Olympiad torch relay is being organised throughout 75 cities in India.
Thakur was the chief visitor on the Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) stopover of the Chess Olympiad torch relay ceremony on Wednesday morning and the sports activities minister congratulated the All India Chess Federation (AICF) for internet hosting the Olympiad and giving an opportunity to younger chess fans to fulfill their senior counterparts and Grandmasters.
The torch relay was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the IG Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday June 19.
“Chess in India has an extended heritage and historical past. We began from Chaturanga to Shatranj,” Thakur, whereas addressing a gathering at HPCA, stated. “For the primary time within the historical past of the Chess Olympiad, India is internet hosting the occasion and what higher event than Azadi ka Amrit Mahtosav. A complete of 188 international locations, over 2,000 gamers and 1,000 officers will come to India throughout the Chess Olympiad. I congratulate AICF for taking this step and giving an opportunity to younger chess fans to fulfill their senior counterparts and Grandmasters.”
A gathering of 500 individuals comprising faculty college students, athletes of SAI centre Dharamshala, NYKS volunteers and children from Himachal Chess Affiliation graced the occasion at HPCA. Chess Grandmaster Deep Sengupta was current handy over the torch to Thakur and carry it ahead to Shimla later within the day.
Recalling the Torch relay launch ceremony occasion, Thakur added, “Hon’ble PM Modi ji began this historic torch relay and round 10,000 individuals have been there in attendance that day to observe the occasion Dwell. Now, we have now to maintain this flame attain each nook and nook of the nation and unfold the sport to the each nook of India.
“Because the Union Sports activities Minister and a lover of sports activities, I’ll guarantee no stone is left unturned to popularise chess in Himachal and India.”