The torch relay of 44th Chess Olympiad reached Gwalior on Tuesday. The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar received the torch at LNIPE.
Union Minister Tomar said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched Torch Relay on June 19 with the aim of promoting the game of Chess.
It is a matter of happiness and pride for Madhya Pradesh that the Chess Olympiad torch has reached Gwalior after visiting the major places including Ujjain, Indore, Bhopal and Sanchi.
Union Minister Tomar said that sports is not just for entertainment, they teach us the culture of discipline along with providing physical, intellectual exercise.
He said that it is a matter of pleasure that India is getting the opportunity to host the Chess Olympiad for the first time. In the Olympiad, more than two thousand players from about 187 countries will display their sports skills.
President of Chess Association Adhoc Committee Gurmeet Singh has said that the purpose of Chess Olympiad Torch Relay is to promote Chess.
Torch Rally is a gift to India.
Never before has such a rally taken place in the Chess Olympiad. This rally will originate from India itself in Olympiad to be held in future.
Union Minister Shri Tomar handed over the Chess Olympiad torch to Ojasva Singh, 16 year old famous Chess player of Gwalior.
Ojasva will take the torch from LNIPE and visit Gwalior Fort and major places.
It is noteworthy that the Chess Olympiad is going to be held in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu from July 28 to August 10.
During this, the skills of players of many countries including India will be seen in the game of chess.