Sports Can Promote Unity: The present is a great time to experience sports in India. In fact, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has said that this is the best time ever for sports in India.
In India, the sporting culture has become more stronger than usual thanks to the young perspective and an enabling environment. Sports can be beautiful because they have a power to bring people from different backgrounds together, especially in an example like India, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sports fosters a cooperative spirit and there have never been more opportunities for sports in the country today than at present, he said while inaugurating the 44th Chess Olympiad on Thursday.
India is making wonders in olympic games. It won even in traditional sports where it had not previously won medals. In sports, there’s no such thing as a loser, just winners or future winners,” he said.
Tamil Nadu is among India’s leading chess powerhouses because of their rich historical connection with the game. The Prime Minister highlighted the historic role of Tamil Nadu in India’s chess history.
“Now is the moment to declare the 44th Chess Olympiad open,” said FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich in his concluding remarks at the start of the opening. The two were joined by Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi and former President of India, Pratibha Patil.
The US men’s team, ranked number one in the world and India’s women’s team, ranked number one in Asia, will both start the tournament with black pieces. The Indian Prime Minister also collected a set of black pieces before the teams were gathered for the opening ceremony.
In an address to the visiting leaders, Stalin said that “hosting the Chess Olympiad for the first time in India is an honor to our country. We are also pleased that Tamil Nadu was chosen.” The games will run from Friday until August 10.
The 2018 Chess Olympiad will be hosted by Asia after 30 years. This is the largest participation in any Chess Olympiad which there has been to date with India also fielding its biggest-ever contingent of 30 players across six teams.