India, Russia declared joint champs submit Internet row

Chennai, August 30

India and Russia had been immediately declared joint winners of the 2020 Online Chess Olympiad as the ultimate was marred by Internet disconnection and server malfunction. Initially, Russia had been declared winners after two Indian gamers (Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh) misplaced out on time within the ultimate after struggling a disconnection with the server.

India lodged a protest towards the controversial choice that was then reviewed and gold medals awarded to each groups.

This was the primary time the FIDE, the worldwide chess federation, was holding the Olympiad on-line, as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

In an official assertion, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich stated the worldwide Internet outage severely affected a number of international locations, together with India, so a choice was made solely after a cautious examination.

Legendary Indian chess participant Viswanathan Anand shared his pleasure by tweeting: “We are the champions!! Congrats Russia!”

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated the Indian facet. — PTI

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