Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MP Stalin on Wednesday unveiled an exquisite sculpture, carved by artisans from the state-owned Poompuhar (Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation) at the entrance to Mamallapuram, near here, in front of the The 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad will begin on Thursday.
The 45-foot-tall artwork is meant to showcase the skill of the handcrafted artisans for which the heritage city is famous, in addition to the ancient Shore Temple and an array of monuments.
1⃣ day left #ChessChennai2022.
Chennai is poised to host one of the biggest sporting events in its nearly four centuries of existence.
The arrangements are perfect 🔟!
It’s time to say #WelcomeToChennai and show the world our hospitality.
Let’s make history! pic.twitter.com/w7xdFM9inI
— MK Stalin (@mkstalin) July 27, 2022
Also Chief Minister inspected venues of Chennai Chess Olympiad in Chennai – the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi would inaugurate a grand event attended by Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi – and Poonjeri in Mamallapuram where the event would take place and review arrangements for it.
Conveying his regards and best wishes to the players, Ravi said in his post, “Let’s participate, compete and set new standards of sportsmanship with the true spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one big family).” He invited chess players from various parts of India and the world to visit the historical and cultural sites and become part of the timeless, living and vibrant spiritual enrichment of Tamil Nadu.
“The threat of the global pandemic is not over yet, new variants pose new challenges. Therefore, I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions and follow the guidelines to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe,” he said.
The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) launched the free “Hop-on and Hop-off” tours from Chennai to Mamallapuram for the benefit of chess enthusiasts and the public. The TTDC would operate five buses connecting 14 major tourist sites on the ECR from July 28 to August 10, according to an official statement here.
Legislator Chepauk-Tiruvallikeni Udhayanidhi Stalin inaugurated an incentive trip for the winners of the inter-school chess competition organized within the framework of the Chess Olympiad. The winners, studying in public schools, were taken to Bangalore free of charge by a special flight from here.
As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav – 75th Independence Day – Tamil Nadu will observe “Har Ghar Tiranga” in all homes from August 13-15.
The campaign, led by the Union Ministry of Culture, aims to encourage citizens to display the tricolor almost without any restrictions. One can upload a selfie on the site https://harghartiranga.com.