RAIPUR: Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, his cupboard ministers and officers of assorted sports activities our bodies welcomed the Torch Relay of the forty fourth Chess Olympiad throughout a vibrant programme, organised at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Auditorium right here, on Saturday. Earlier, sports activities minister Umesh Patel welcomed the Torch Relay at Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur.
The Torch Relay, scheduled to be escorted from the airport at 9 am within the type of a procession after its touchdown at 8.40 am, received delayed by practically half-an-hour after grandmaster Pravin Thipsay fell sick. The grandmaster, who had reached Raipur airport with the Torch Relay in an everyday flight from Bhubaneswar, needed to carry it from the airport to Pt Deendayal Auditorium for a ceremonial welcome within the presence of chief minister Baghel. Thipsay had nausea instantly after his arrival on the airport and subsequently was supplied with obligatory therapy and suggested for relaxation, sources within the Chhattisgarh State Chess Affiliation instructed TOI on situation of anonymity.
Out of 75 cities, Thipsay was given accountability to journey six cities with the Torch Relay and Raipur was his final centre, added the sources. Steady travelling is perhaps the explanation behind his sickness, mentioned sources.
After a delay of half-an-hour, Thipsay escorted the Torch Relay to the auditorium in a classic automobile amidst a vibrant procession.
Chief minister Baghel welcomed the Torch Relay of the Olympiad, which goes to be organised at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu from July 28 to August 10 this 12 months.
Baghel congratulated the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for internet hosting this historic occasion and flagged off the Torch Relay for Hyderabad. The Torch Relay has to this point lined 61 cities, together with Raipur. Complete 2000 chess gamers from 188 nations will take part within the Olympiad.
Kiran Agrawal of Rajnandgaon district, who has the excellence of being concerned in Chess Olympiad twice, was additionally current on the event.
The chief minister additionally tried his arms in Chess together with his opponent, grand grasp Thipsay. Baghel knowledgeable Thipsay that Balod is the primary district of Chhattisgarh within the nation to introduce Faculty in Chess programmes and the identical will likely be carried out in Dantewada quickly.


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