Chess will make a return at the 19th Asiad scheduled from September 10 to 25 in China’s Hangzhou after the Olympic Council of Asia confirmed the development to World Chess Federation. This comes as a delightful news for Chess as it was omitted for the previous two editions in 2018 and 2014.
The OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) General Assembly had taken place on March 3 in Bangkok where President Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also helms the Asian Handball Federation, confirmed that the sport would be officially reinstated in the 2022 Asian Games.
He conveyed this news to FIDE (World Chess Federation) President Arkady Dvorkovich. “I also have the pleasure to inform you that sport of Chess has been officially included in the Sports Programme of the Games,” conveyed the OCA President to FIDE President, reported PTI.
It took a lot of efforts on the part of FIDE to bring back Chess in the Asiad, which was a part of the 2006 and 2010 games held in Doha and Guangzhou. The twitter handle ‘Chess Base India’, which is the go-to place for information and updates on Chess in India, quoted Emil Sutovsky, Director General of FIDE, stating, “It took some massive work by FIDE, and in 2022 we are getting back!”
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