The 24th Winter Olympic Games will kick off in Beijing on February 4, 2022. The sports department of Chinanews.com launched a series of columns “Hundred Questions about Winter Olympics”, aimed at popularizing Winter Olympic knowledge, answering hot questions, sharing interesting stories about ice and snow, and helping everyone have a better watching experience during the Beijing Winter Olympics.
With the development of winter sports, the competition events of almost every Winter Olympics are different. For example, in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, seven new events have been added. Every new project to join the Winter Olympics requires a process and is approved by the International Olympic Committee. Do you know which projects you want to join the Winter Olympics in the past few years? Some you should not imagine!
Chess has a long history of “desire” for the Winter Olympics. In 2015, Ilyumzhnov, then chairman of the International Mind Sports Federation and chairman of the International Chess Federation, revealed in an interview his consideration of entering the Winter Olympics: First, since the Samaranch era, the FIDE has applied for participation in the Olympics. It has been around for many years; the second is that the Winter Olympics have fewer events but the Summer Olympics are too many; the third is that the Winter Olympics are generally held from 3 to 7 pm in the local area, and this is the prime time for the national elephants; Fourth, chess has far reached the target in terms of competition and audience scale.
In order to add ice and snow elements to chess, Ilyumzhnov also proposed to arrange the game on ice, use ice cubes as chess pieces, and add a protective cover to the chess pieces.
Data map: On March 1, 2012, a huge chess board was placed on the streets of Tianjin, with Chinese chess on one side and chess on the other. The weird chess game attracted a visitor to stop.Photo by China News Agency reporter Liu Guanguan
Currently, the items accepted by the International Mind Sports Federation include chess, bridge, and go. It is worth mentioning that in 2017, the International Mahjong Federation became a member of the International Mind Sports Federation, and Mahjong has also become a project accepted by the organization.
For this reason, in many interpretations, this intellectual sport with a broad mass base in China has an inexplicable connection with the Winter Olympics. However, Chen Zelan later stated that the entry of mind sports into the Winter Olympics was only the vision of the International Mind Sports League.
In addition, the mahjong referred to here is competitive mahjong, which is different from the mahjong commonly understood by ordinary people. The International Mahjong Federation hopes to remove accidental factors in Mahjong through the introduction of bridge-like double play, and make it a formal competitive event. Although the rules are the same, the process is different.
Judging from the current situation, there is still a long way to go before the Olympic Games. However, the audience should be happy to see more and more exciting sports on the stage of the Winter Olympics in the future. (Xing Rui)