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Chess Olympiad Opening Ceremony: PM Modi Inaugurates Gala Event In Chennai

44th International Chess Olympiad: With a palpable sense of excitement, the sprawling arena in Chennai was thronged by the audience, special guests and sportspersons.

44th Chess Olympiad opening ceremony
Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai, Thursday, July 28, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Chennai: As India hosts the 44th International Chess Olympiad, the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai has been decked up with classy lighting and elegant decor. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the gala event. Top actor Rajinikanth was among the star invitees who were present.

Sharing his words of encouragement for the players, PM Modi said there are no losers, but winners and future winners in sports. “Sports is beautiful because it has inherent power to unite. Sports brings people and societies closer. Sports nurture a spirit of teamwork,” he said.

Chief Minister M K Stalin, who also addressed inaugural event, said the Chess Olympiad has turned the world’s attention on Tamil Nadu. He hailed the opportunity presented by this grand event to enhance the state’s tourism prospects. The mascot for the event was named ‘Thambi,’ symbolises brotherhood and that all the people are one fraternity, he said. Stalin thanked PM Modi and the Centre for holding the event.

44th Chess Olympiad opening ceremony
Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth DMK MLA, Chief Minister M K Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi Stalin and others during the Opening Ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai, Thursday, July 28, 2022. (PTI Photo)

With a palpable sense of excitement, the sprawling arena was thronged by the audience, special guests and sportspersons. Large brightly coloured chess pieces of king, bishop, rook, queen, knight and the pawns were erected on the dias of the stadium.

The classy lighting displayed multiple colours everywhere and the magic of light embossed on the foreground a grand, big chessboard and the flags of participating countries.

A special dance-song “Vanakkam Chennai, Vanakkam Chess” was screened. An audio visual on the theme of sand-sculpting captured the game of chess to be played in Tamil Nadu’s historic sea port town of Mamallapuram.

WATCH: Chess Olympiad Inauguration At TN’s Nehru Stadium

With an orchestra playing pulsating music, teams from dozens of countries including Japan, China, Australia, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Austria, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, and Barbados were welcomed to unceasing rounds of applause in the stadium. ‘Jai Ho’ was among the Indian instrumental music played while ‘Vande Mataram’ was rendered.

(With PTI inputs)