No chess at the Olympics anytime soon

The organizers of the Olympic Games periodically consider proposals for new sports to be included. FIDE has applied again for chess to be on the list but once more the sport did not make the cut. Perhaps there will be another try for LA 2028…

When planning the Olympic Games, the organizers make suggestions for new sports. The International Olympic Committee wants the games to be younger, more urban, and more gender-balanced.

The World Chess Federation has been struggling for many years for inclusion in the elite circle of Olympic sports. One reason is financial — such sports tend to receive much more funding at home than non-Olympic sports. The ratio of financial support between Olympic and non-Olympic sports is approximately 10:1. This is similar or even more pronounced in other countries.

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