PM Modi flags off FIDE Chess Olympiad, hails sporting culture in India

The 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad will be held in Chennai from July 28 to Aug. 10, 2022

PM Modi flags off FIDE Chess Olympiad, hails sporting culture in India
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K.Stalin holding the inaugural torch seen with the grandmaster and five-time world chess champion, Viswanthan Anand at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad, in Chennai on July 28, 2022. All Photographs: PIB

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, inaugurated the 44th Chess Olympiad at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Olympiad having over 2000 participants is being held for the first time in India, famously known as the birthplace of Chess.

South Indian Film superstar, veteran, Rajinikanth(center) along with Who's Who of Tamil Nadu attending the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad, in Chennai on July 28, 2022.

Addressing the gathering, the PM welcomed the players from different countries and expressed happiness that this year’s Olympiad is special as it is coinciding with the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations along with setting its own records.