SRINAGAR- Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday handed over the Chess Olympiad Torch to Chess Grandmaster Pravin Thipsay at SKICC.
The first ever Chess Olympiad torch which was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19th June from Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi will travel to 75 cities in 40 days before it culminates at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu for the 44th Chess Olympiad.
Speaking on the occasion the LG said, it is a moment of great pride for everyone in J&K to host the first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch. In its journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, this torch will light the way and bring people together to promote values of good sportsmanship, teamwork, peace, harmony and brotherhood, he further added.
Today, chess competitions are being organized in almost every district. Six youths from UT are being sent to Chennai to watch the 44th Chess Olympiad and take guidance from the legendary Grandmasters, he said.
The LG also asked the Chess Association and Jammu & Kashmir Sports Council to make every effort to make the upcoming ‘Kashmir Open International FIDE Rating Chess Tournament’ commencing in Srinagar from July 2, a grand success.
Atul Kumar Gupta, President Jammu and Kashmir Chess Association, in his welcome address expressed gratitude to the Lt Governor led UT Government for promoting sports in J&K.
Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor SMC; Aftab Malik, DDC Chairman Srinagar; Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary Youth Services and Sports; Athar Aamir Khan, Commissioner SMC; Mohd Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Nuzhat Gul, Secretary, J&K Sports Council, besides senior officers of police and civil administration, prominent sports personalities, budding sportspersons in large numbers were present on the occasion.
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