New Delhi, April 30: The All India Chess Federation (AICF), the Indian Government and the Government of Tamil Nadu are ensuring that the upcoming Chess Olympiad, scheduled in Chennai from July 28 to August 10, will be a memorable one for the country, the participants and the spectators.
AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan met with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and briefed him on the ongoing preparations for the Olympiad, which have been in full swing. The meeting was also attended by Sandip Pradhan, Director General of the Sports Authority of India, Siddharth Singh Longjam, Joint Secretary for Sports and Pradeep A, Secretary for Sports.
Chauhan, who has been overseeing arrangements for the Olympiad in Chennai, also attended a meeting of the International Chess Federation in Abu Dhabi this week.
Racing with the clock to host the Olympiad, Chauhan said: “Things are under control and we are moving at a fast and efficient pace. In all likelihood, we will be ready for the biggest show in India well before the scheduled time. We are immensely grateful to the central government as they have offered all possible help.” India, as the host of the Olympiad, for the first time in history, has a bonus in the form of an additional team in both the open and women’s sections. On Sunday, after the publication of the official FIDE rating, the Indian teams for the Olympiad will also be announced.