After an absence of 36 years, Guyana will be represented at the World Chess Olympiad, the world’s fourth largest sporting event, in Tromso, Norway, next month.
According to President of the Guyana Chess Federation, Irshad Mohamed, Guyana’s contingent to the August 1-14 event has been finalised.
The team is Taffin Khan, Ronuel Greenidge, Maria Thomas, Anthony Drayton and HaiFeng Su. National Coach Wendell Meusa, who has been in training with the team for the past two months, will serve as Coach.
Meusa and Yolander Persaud will also participate in training seminars during the Olympiad.
Guyana last participated in the World Chess Olympiad in 1978 in Argentina, but according to Mohamed, he is confident the local players will represent the country well in Norway.
“Despite being absent from the event for so many years, we’re looking forward to a good performance from the players. It will be a tough battle but we’re confident in their abilities,” Mohamed stated.
The World Chess Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament in which teams from all over the world compete against each other. The event is organised by FIDE, the world governing body, which selects the host nation.
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