'The people of Tamil Nadu have been excellent': PM Narendra Modi's tweet tracts virality!

A day after Chennai wrapped up hosting the iconic Chess Olympiad in a classy closing ceremony, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has showered his commendations for the city and for the state for hosting the global event for the first time. By hosting the 44th Chess Olympiad, Chennai has become the first Indian city to conduct the event which put Chennai on the world map. 

The tournament was held at monumental Mahabalipuram from July 28, 2022, to August 10, 2022. Over 2000 chessers from around 180 countries have participated in the event and the Tamil Nadu government has prepared the city in a way of showcasing the tradition, heritage, and history of Tamil and Tamil Nadu to the visitors. From painting some of the beautiful attractions as a chess board to hoarding the mascot, it was a wave of chess in the state over the past two weeks. 

The tournament was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the closing ceremony was held on August 9 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin and several high-level dignitaries attended the event. Making a keynote address after presenting the medals to the winners in the closing ceremony, MK Stalin said, "To identify and encourage medal winners at Olympics, Tamil Nadu government will launch and implement the 'Olympic Gold Quest' programme at a cost of Rs 25 crore." 

He further said, "Boxing academies are to be set up at Gopalapuram and North Chennai and a dedicated arena is to be established for Tamil Nadu's traditional bull-taming sport, Jallikattu. We are taking steps to host Chennai Open Women's Tennis Association International Championship and also Asian Beach Games in Tamil Nadu. We will continue our efforts in making Tamil Nadu a global destination for sports. We are also focused on taking traditional sports to the global forum. All the chess players should keep coming to Chennai." 

In his address, Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Irai Anbu said, "Chess can make a person immediately attentive. Chess prepares us for invisible battles we are going to fight in our lives. Chess heightens awareness and elevates creativity. I am sure that like in Armenia, chess would one day become compulsory in schools in Tamil Nadu in due course." 

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and commended the people and the government of Tamil Nadu for being excellent hosts of the olympiad. He wrote, "The people and Government of Tamil Nadu have been excellent hosts of the 44th Chess Olympiad. I would like to appreciate them for welcoming the world and showcasing our outstanding culture and hospitality." Thanking the Prime Minister for his commendation, Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote, "Thank you Hon'ble PM @narendramodi for your kind words of praise. Hospitality & Self-respect are two inseparable qualities of Tamils. I seek your constant support & request that Tamilnadu be rewarded with more opportunities to host such global events."