Reward Olympiad-winning Indian team: Chess Forum appeals to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

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Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

The Chess Players Forum has appealed to the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to reward the Indian group which emerged joint champions (with Russia) on the just lately concluded FIDE on-line Chess Olympiad on its historic achievement.

“We wish to appeal to you to suitably reward the Indian team recognising and acknowledging their current outstanding historic achievement. This would set in motion a deserving gesture to recognise and reward the achievements of Indian chess players who have brought laurels to the country,” the Forum, a collective of gamers in India, mentioned in a letter to the Minister.

The discussion board president IM Varugeese Koshy, in a letter appealed to Rijiju that chess gamers be recognised by the federal government.

“Our country’s participation in the event itself was facilitated only after your office speedily intervened and ensured the proper selection of the team, when the process was derailed due to infighting between two factions of the All India Chess Federation,” he added.

The Indian males’s group had beforehand received a bronze medal within the Olympiad in 2014, he mentioned, including the present achievement ranks even increased than that.

“At such a juncture, we wish to bring to your attention the general under-recognition of achievements of chess players in years gone by. Even during the recent sports awards and title citations conferred by the government of India, chess is continued to be overlooked,” Koshy added.

He additionally highlighted the a number of achievements by chess gamers up to now twenty years, together with good outcomes on the planet championships in numerous classes.

The Olympiad group comprised former world champion Viswanathan Anand and Koneru Humpy amongst others and was led by Vidit Gujrathi.

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