New Delhi: World chess champion Viswanathan
Anand does not wish to become part of the chaos and
controversy surrounding the Commonwealth Games here and only
wants to focus on the number of medals India would win in the
October 3-14 event.
"I really don`t want to become a part of all this (mess).
I don`t wish to comment on what`s going on. At the moment, I
am just hoping that we (India) win lots of medals. I am
concerned about our medal tally.”
"I would keenly follow India`s progress in the track and
field events. If athletes win medals, it will a great boost to
the sport as many of them were waiting for this event to
happen," Anand said here.
The first multi-sport international event being held in
India since the 1982 Asian Games threatens to become a
national embarrassment with several star international
athletes already pulling out and some more adopting a
wait-and-watch policy before taking a final call.
Anand was in the capital to launch a certificate
programme in Chess as `Mind Booster` to enable development of
young minds through the game.
The initiative has been launched by NIIT, in
collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Open University
(IGNOU), world`s largest Open University.
Asked about the future of chess in India, Anand sounded
"Future of chess is very bright in India. They are many
youngsters who are taking up chess. Through this
programme, we aim to encourage young students to play Chess
which would enable young minds to develop, and subsequently
help them to think logically and improve their life skills,"
"The reasons behind launching this initiative are
manifold. Firstly, chess helps you in the academics as people
benefit learning the game and second you will also get people
to take the game seriously. The aim is to teach as many
people as possible.”
"It`s very exciting as millions of kids are learning
everyday. We will identify some talents through this
initiative," he added.