India wins gold at Online Chess Olympiad; Congratulatory messages pour in

Sakal Times Sports Desk
Monday, 31 August 2020

Congratulatory messages pour in for Indian chess team that won the first FIDE Online Chess Olympiad along with Russia

Congratulatory messages pour in for Indian chess team that won the first FIDE Online Chess Olympiad along with Russia on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Congratulations to our chess players for winning the FIDE Online #ChessOlympiad. Their hard work and dedication are admirable. Their success will surely motivate other chess players. I would like to congratulate the Russian team as well." Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted: "I congratulate our Indian contingent that won the Gold at the @FIDE_chess Online Chess Olympiad. India was declared the joint winner with Russia. My heartiest wishes to all players!"

"What a wonderful weekend this has been for Indian Sports. A day after we celebrated #NationalSportsDay, our Chess Team brings laurels by becoming joint champions. Congrats @vishy64theking & the entire team.#ChessOlympiad," Sachin Tendulkar tweeted.

Similarly, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted: "Congratulations India Flag of India and Congratulations Russia Flag of Russia. #ChessA #IndianChess."

President Ram Nath Kovind said, "Congratulations to the Indian Chess Team on winning the FIDE online #ChessOlympiad. India is delighted by your stellar performance. We are all very proud of you. Congratulations to the Russian team too."

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a tweet said: "Congratulations Indian team, on winning the online FIDE Chess Olympiad. You've made the country proud. Congrats to the Russian team too." In a dramatic finish the global chess body FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich declared India and Russia as joint winners as the final match was interrupted by a computer server problem.

This was the first time FIDE, the international chess federation, was conducting the Olympiad in an online format due to the coronavirus outbreak.

(With inputs from IANS)

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