Int’l Olympic Committee may make decision on potential inclusion of chess as Olympic sport

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MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The issue of including chess in the program of the 2024 Olympics in Paris will be discussed during the upcoming session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which will be held on June 24-26 in Lausanne, the IOC press service informed TASS.

Earlier, the French Chess Federation offered to include chess in the program of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and made an official request to the organizing committee. If the committee approves the request, the dossier on chess will be sent over to the International Olympic Committee.

“The Organising Committee Paris 2024 has contacted IOC-recognised International Federations whose sport has been assessed as fitting within the existing Paris 2024 venue master plan, reflecting Paris’ vision to host youthful, innovative, spectacular Games showcasing France’s most iconic landmarks, and in line with the Paris 2024 global sports concept,” the IOC press service informed.

“The sports proposed by Paris 2024 will then be presented for approval at the IOC Session in 2019. If approved, these sports may be considered for final inclusion in the last step of the process. After the Session in 2019, and following any necessary observation at the Tokyo 2020 Games, the final event programme and athlete quotas for new sports will then be finalised in December 2020,” the organization added.

Chess is a sport officially recognized by the IOC, however, it has never been included in the Olympic Games.

The 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Paris from July 26 to August 11, 2024. The Paris Paralympic Games will be held from August 28 to September 8, 2024.

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