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ALL INDIA CHESS FEDERATION SECRETARY CALLS ON UT ADMINISTRATOR FOR GRADATION OF CHESS IN CHANDIGARH
Shri Bharat Singh Chauhan, Hony. Secretary, All India Chess Federation, met His Excellency Shri Shivraj V Patil, Governor of Punjab and Administrator, U.T. Chandigarh in Punjab Raj Bhawan, Chandigarh yesterday to highlight the issue of inclusion of the game of Chess in the Sports Gradation List of UT Chandigarh. Prof. Anil Raina, Chairperson and Dr. Vipnesh Bhardwaj, Hony. Secretary, Chandigarh Chess Association accompanied him during the meeting.
During his interaction with the Administrator, U.T. Chandigarh, Shri Bharat Singh informed him that perhaps Chandigarh was the only UT/state in the country where Chess, which was in the ‘Priority A’ category of the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, was not a graded sport. He also informed the UT Administrator of the various problems being faced by the chess players of the city due to non-gradation of Chess in the city.
Shri Bharat Singh informed Shri Patil that country’s chess icon Vishwananthan Anand has recently regained the World championship title for the fifth time and other Indian players were also consistently bagging international medals in this game, which is now played in over 160 countries of the world. He urged the UT Administrator that Gradation of Chess in Chandigarh would go a long way in promoting this game in the city and help mitigate the problems being faced by budding chess players of Chandigarh, some of whom were already performing well in international forums.
Dated: August 18, 2012