INDIA AND RUSSIA GET GOLD AFTER PLAYERS LOST INTERNET CONNECTION IN CHESS OLYMPIAD FINALS
India and Russia have been declared joint winners of a major international chess tournament after two Indian players lost their internet connection during the final round.
An online version of the Chess Olympiad contest is being held for the first time this year because of coronavirus.
India appealed after two of its players lost connection to their games and forfeited on time.
Officials said these were “unprecedented circumstances.”
According to Arkady Dvorkovich, President of the International Chess Federation, the Chess Olympiad has been impacted by a global internet outage that severely affected several countries, including India.
Two of the Indian players have been affected and lost connection when the match’s outcome was still unclear.
He said he decided to award both teams gold medals in the “absence of a unanimous decision” from the body’s appeals committee.
Teams from more than 160 countries have participated in this year’s online event, which began in July.