Chennai: Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the 44th World Chess Olympiad with grand arrangements for the first time in India, in a ceremony chaired by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin today. The 44th edition of the World Chess Olympiad, which was scheduled to be held in Russia, was canceled due to the war with Ukraine. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin took full advantage of India’s opportunity.
By that he has attracted the countries of the world towards India especially towards Tamil Nadu. He has made the honor of hosting the Chess Olympiad for the first time available to the Union of India. For that, the Chief Minister has made a grand arrangement for just one game like the Olympics and Asian Games.
Chief Minister Stalin announced that the Tamil Nadu government will host the 44th World Chess Olympiad in the 3rd week of July. 100 crore rupees have been allocated immediately to hold the competition and the chief minister has ordered to start preparations for the festival immediately. In the intervening 3 months, the Tamil Nadu government has made huge preparations for the competition.
Selection of the venue for the tournament, booking of about 2000 luxury rooms for the players and players were completed within a couple of days of the announcement. 2 grand stadiums of 52 thousand and 22 thousand square feet have been constructed to host the tournament. There can be played on 708 tables simultaneously. 700 electronic chess boards have been imported from Germany for the tournament. Practice matches were conducted to ensure that they functioned properly.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Olympic flame for the Chess Olympiad last month. The flame, which traveled through various states of the country, reached Mamallapuram yesterday morning. Yesterday in Chennai, the train was taken from State College to the Nehru Indoor Sports Hall where the inauguration ceremony will be held. The race was led by former world champion Viswanathan Anand. There have been 43 World Chess Olympiads in the world so far. The sports world is in awe of the fact that no tournament has ever been so well organized.
Although the chess matches are held at Mamallapuram, the opening ceremony, various art programs and spectacular dances will be held at the Nehru Indoor Sports Hall this evening. A huge stage has been set up for it. It contains samples of chess pieces. Chief Minister M.K.Stalin, Sports Minister Meiyanathan and other officials including Chief Secretary Thaoyanpu visited the preparations for the same.
From the day the tournament was announced, Chief Minister Stalin was regularly involved in holding chess Olympiad-related advisory meetings, visiting the venues and encouraging them. 7 layers of police security has been deployed at Chennai Airport, Nehru Indoor Sports Stadium where the opening ceremony will be held and Mamallapuram where the match will be held, as the Prime Minister will attend the opening ceremony and foreigners will attend the tournament.
Coastal areas have also been brought under surveillance. Not only that, traffic has been banned on the roads of the arena where the opening ceremony will take place today. Ukraine, Germany, USA, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Venezuela, Jamaica, Malaysia, Pakistan, Oman, Uzbekistan, Denmark are participating teams from around 187 countries. 1,736 players are participating in the tournament.
I am looking forward to being in Chennai for the inauguration of the 44th Chess Olympiad at 6 PM tomorrow evening. This is a special tournament and it is our honour that it is being held in India, that too in Tamil Nadu, which has a glorious association with chess.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 27, 2022
In this case, the opening ceremony of the 44th World Chess Olympiad is going to be held this evening at the Nehru Indoor Sports Arena, Chennai. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the ceremony presided over by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin and inaugurate the competition. Also Union and State Ministers, Executives of International and Indian Chess Organizations are participating.