The 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 is set to take place from July 28th to August 10th in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is the most important massive event in chess, involving thousands of participants. This year it will be especially massive, breaking the participation record with 187 teams registered in Men’s competition and 162 teams registered in the Women’s competition (See the full participants list here). However, exactly the size of the event may actually put the Olympiad in danger.
Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases in Chennai, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) Tuesday announced that citizens should compulsorily wear masks in public places. The GCC requested people who visit market areas, commercial buildings, malls, theatres, marriage halls, government and private offices, hospitals and other crowded places to strictly adhere to Covid-19 guidelines issued by the government.
With the measures in place and Covid-19 waves taking 6-8 weeks on average, it is probable that the Chess Olympiad participants may be requested to wear masks during the event. Stay tuned for more news on this developing story
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