The Chess Players Forum has appealed to the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to reward the Indian team which emerged joint champions (with Russia) at the recently concluded FIDE online Chess Olympiad on its historic achievement.

“We wish to appeal to you to suitably reward the Indian team recognising and acknowledging their current outstanding historic achievement. This would set in motion a deserving gesture to recognise and reward the achievements of Indian chess players who have brought laurels to the country,” the Forum, a collective of players in India, said in a letter to the Minister.

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The forum president IM Varugeese Koshy, in a letter, appealed to Rijiju that chess players be recognised by the government.

“Our country’s participation in the event itself was facilitated only after your office speedily intervened…

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