India plans to host Chess Olympiad that’s been moved out of Moscow

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) on Saturday said it will bid for hosting the 44th Chess Olympiad later this year.

The Chess Olympiad is a biennial event in which teams from approximately 190 countries compete over a period of two weeks. The 2022 edition was scheduled to take place in Moscow from 26 July to 8 August.

AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan said, “Yes, we are bidding for Chess Olympiad this year. The budget of this event will be 10 million dollars (about Rs 75 crore).

On Friday, FIDE (International Chess Federation) decided to move the planned Chess Olympiad and all other official competitions to Russia in view of the country’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Other events that moved away from Russia are the 1st Chess Olympiad for People with Disabilities and the 93rd FIDE Congress.

FIDE is already said to be working on finding alternate dates and venues for these events.

“… the rapidly deteriorating geopolitical situation has forced the FIDE Council to take this difficult step. Today, during its extraordinary meeting held on Friday, February 25, it was decided that all official competitions will be planned in Russia. FIDE was told.

If India gets permission to host the Olympiad, it will be the second major world event to be held in the country after the current World No. 1 match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen in 2013 of the World Championships.

The invasion of Ukraine has led to the cancellation of several games in Russia, Formula One suspending the Russian Grand Prix, UEFA moving the Champions League final to St Petersburg and Poland playing the country in a World Cup qualifier. has refused.

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