The 44th World Chess Olympiad has been postponed to next year amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.
Originally set from 5 to 17 August in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, the biennial event will now be held in the summer of next year in Moscow.
The Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE), the world governing body for chess, has yet to set the definite date of the event last held in Batumi, Georgia two years ago.
“Taking into account the reports from the World Health Organization indicating the constant increase in the number of cases worldwide, and given today’s IOC (International Olympic Committee) statement regarding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, FIDE has decided to postpone the 44th Chess Olympiad, including the competition for players with disabilities, and the FIDE Congress,” FIDE said in a statement.
“FIDE will continue to work hard in order to support various chess activities, at the same time caring first and foremost about the health and well-being of the entire chess community.”
It will mark the third time Moscow is hosting the event after the city previously held it in 1956 and 1994.