Gurugram (Haryana): The first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch Relay reached the city of Gurugram on Friday.
Vishram Meena, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram received the torch at Shiv Nadar School and handed it over to Grandmaster Prithu Gupta. “1st Ever #ChessOlympiadTorchRelay Update City – GURUGRAM: June 24 Sh. Vishram Meena, Additional Deputy Commissioner received the Torch at Shiv Nadar School, and handed over to Grandmaster Prithu Gupta #India4ChessOlympiad #[email protected]_chess,” tweeted SAI Media.
Earlier on Friday, the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay had travelled to Panipat city of Haryana.
Grandmaster Himanshu Sharma took the torch forward in Panipat.
“1st Ever #ChessOlympiadTorchRelay Update City – Panipat: 24th June Grandmaster Himanshu Sharma takes the Torch forward in Panipat, Haryana #India4ChessOlympiad #[email protected]_chess,” tweeted SAI Media.
Before this on Friday, the torch relay reached Kurukshetra, with Himanshu Sharma taking the torch.
“1st Ever #ChessOlympiadTorchRelay Update City – Kurukshetra: 24th June Grandmaster Himanshu Sharma takes the Torch forward in Kurukshetra, Haryana Check out the glimpses #India4ChessOlympiad #[email protected]_chess,” said SAI Media in another tweet.
Other cities that have been covered so far include Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Dharamshala, Shimla, Chandigarh, Patiala, and Amritsar.
The torch, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, began its relay from Leh.
The torch will travel in 75 cities for 40 days before it culminates at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. 189 countries are participating in the Chess Olympiad. Chess grandmasters will receive the torch at various identified venues.
This year, for the very first time, the International Chess Body, FIDE, has instituted the Chess Olympiad Torch which is part of Olympic tradition but was never done in the Chess Olympiad. India will be the first-ever country to have the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay.
The 44th edition of the world’s biggest chess event will be held in Mahabalipuram near Chennai from July 28 to August 10.
In nearly 100 years of the history of the Chess Olympiad, it’s the first time that India will be hosting this prestigious event. With 188 countries registered for the upcoming Olympiad, Indian sporting history is also set to witness a huge congregation of countries on Indian soil for the first time at an event.
And celebrating this, AICF has unveiled a social media campaign ‘Namaste World’, welcoming the chess community from around the world for this event.