Mumbai: India batsman Ajinkya Rahane said it’s a ‘proud moment’ following the Indian team on Sunday declared joint winners of the FIDE Chess Olympiad.
Taking to Twitter, Rahane wrote: “Many congratulations to team India on being declared the joint winners for the #ChessOlympiad. Proud moment for us as a nation.”
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) August 31, 2020
On Sunday, India’s Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh lost in the second round and were forced to.
Russia was declared the winner, but India filed an appeal and upon investigation, both India and Russia were declared joint winners.
India reached the final of the FIDE Chess Olympiad for the first time.
It was also the first time the Olympiad was held online. The Indian team consisted of Viswanathan Anand, Koneru Humpy, Dronavilli Harika, Harkishan, Divya, Nihal, and Vidit.
FIDE President A Dvorkovich supported the appeal, as he represented Russia. IO M.Khodarkovsky (USA) and IA Sava Stoisavljevic (Serbia) were tasked with issuing the verdict.
It was announced that both India and Russia would be joint winners of the competition.