Grandmaster Deep Sengupta reached Amritsar with the torch (Photo/Sai Media-Twitter)
Amritsar: For the first time, the Chess Olympiad torch relay reached Amritsar on Thursday. On day 5, Harpreet Singh Sudan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar, received the torch from Grandmaster Deep Sengupta.
The torch will further travel to the cities of Haryana- Kurukshetra, Gurugram and Panipat. SAI Media tweeted, “First time #ChessOlympiadTorchRelay Update City-Amritsar: June 23 Grandmaster @gmdeepsengupta brings torch to Attari Border, Amritsar.”
Earlier in the day the torch reached Chandigarh where it was received by Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit and then traveled to Patiala where it was received by Raj Kamal Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Services, Punjab.
The cities covered so far are Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Dharamsala, Shimla, Chandigarh, Patiala and Amritsar. Leh hosted the first torch relay of the 44th Chess Olympiad on Monday. The torch, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, started its relay from Leh.
The torch will travel across 75 cities for 40 days before culminating in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. 189 countries are participating in the Chess Olympiad. The Grandmaster of Chess will receive the torch at various marked locations. To start the relay from Leh, Grand Master Dibyendu Barua brought the torch from Delhi and handed it over to LG RK Mathur. This year, for the first time, the international chess body, FIDE, has instituted the Chess Olympiad torch which is part of the Olympic tradition but was never performed at the Chess Olympiad. India will be the first country to have the Chess Olympiad torch relay.
The 44th edition of the world’s biggest chess event will be held at Mahabalipuram near Chennai from July 28 to August 10. In the nearly 100-year history of Chess Olympiad, this is the first time that India will host this prestigious event.
With 188 countries registering for the upcoming Olympiad, Indian sports history is also set to witness a massive gathering of countries on Indian soil for the first time in an event. And celebrating it, AICF has unveiled a social media campaign ‘Namaste World’ welcoming the chess community across the world for the event.
AICF had earlier announced two Indian teams each in the Open and Women’s categories as the 44th Chess Olympiad attracted 343 teams in both the categories.
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