The world governing physique of chess, FIDE, has postponed the Olympiad, scheduled for August 5-17 in Moscow, to 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The worldwide chess physique issued a press release saying that the Olympiad and the FIDE Congress, slated to be held in August in Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk respectively, are rescheduled to the summer season of 2021 on the identical places.
“As you understand, the Chess Olympiad is the preferred FIDE occasion, attended by 1000’s of individuals, together with gamers, coaches, officers, and spectators,” the assertion stated.
“The mission of Chess Olympiads will not be solely to find out the sportive outcomes but additionally to popularize our sport and unite chess lovers all over the world on this actually international sports activities competition.”
“On the identical time, FIDE is deeply involved in regards to the rising COVID-19 pandemic and its affect on individuals’s lives,” FIDE stated FIDE added that the choice was made after studying a number of World Well being Organistaion (WHO) reviews indicating the rise within the variety of instances. The pandemic has brought on over 18,000 deaths to this point whereas infecting greater than 400,000 individuals worldwide.
“Considering the reviews from the World Well being Organisation (WHO) indicating the fixed improve within the variety of instances worldwide, and given the IOC assertion relating to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic video games, FIDE has determined to postpone the 44th Chess Olympiad (together with the competitors for gamers with disabilities) and the FIDE Congress,” it stated.
FIDE added that it will proceed to work exhausting in an effort to assist numerous chess actions, on the identical time caring before everything in regards to the well being and well-being of the whole chess group.
5-time world champion Viswanathan Anand and Koneru Humpy had been scheduled to guide the Indian groups within the open and ladies’s classes respectively within the Olympiad.
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with sporting schedules throughout the globe resulting in cancellations and postponements of occasions.