The first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch Relay reached Dharamshala.
Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur received the torch and handed it over to Grandmaster Deep Sengupta. The torch will travel next to Shimla.
1st Ever ChessOlympiadTorchRelay Update City 5 Dharamshala 22nd June Hon. Union Minister of YASMinistry and MIB_India Sh. ianuragthakur receives the Torch in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh & hands it over to GM gmdeepsenguptatweeted SAI Media.
Anurag Thakur also tweeted in Hindi, Torch brings awareness, brings light to the masses. Welcomed ChessOlympiadTorchRelay to Dharamsala. Not only hope but also full faith that this torch will increase awareness about chess game, will inspire more and more people to play chess and join it.
Earlier on Tuesday, the first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch Relay reached Srinagar and then Jammu. Leh hosted the first-ever Torch Relay of the 44th Chess Olympiad on Monday. The torch, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, began its relay from Leh.
The torch will travel in 75 cities for 40 days before it culminates at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. 189 countries are participating in the Chess Olympiad. Chess grandmasters will receive the torch at various identified venues. Grand Master Dibyendu Barua brought the torch from Delhi and handed it over to LG RK Mathur, to begin the relay from Leh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the historic torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad on Sunday at Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, Indian Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand and Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur were present at the opening of the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay.