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News & Reports Jun 5, 2014 | 3:45 PMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

Karde: “Chess Olympiad in Tromsø will go ahead”

The Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad organisers have confirmed that the year's biggest chess event will go ahead after 12 million Norwegian krone (almost 1.5 million euros) in additional funding was received from the Norwegian government.

NOK 12 million for Chess Olympiad in revised budget

Hans Olav Karde

"Naturally, we are grateful and happy," said Chair of the Board of the Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad Hans Olav Karde, after learning that the Norwegian government coalition partners the Conservatives and the Progress Party, and support parties the Christian Democrats and the Liberals, have allocated NOK 12 million to the Chess Olympiad in the revised budget for 2014.

The Chess Olympiad has received NOK 12 million of the NOK 15.1 million in additional funding it applied for. This additional funding is required to cover the additional costs related to hosting the World Cup event in 2013 and the record-breaking registration for the actual Chess Olympiad, which will take place from August 1-14, 2014.

There will now be a Chess Olympiad in Tromsø

Hans Olav Karde added:

That means the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø will go ahead. We still have a considerable task ahead of us to find sponsors and other contributors to cover at least NOK 3 million. In light of the additional government funding we have to bank on the success continuing and that the remaining funding will also fall into place.

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