Tennis Sport Development Center is the venue of Khanty Mansiysk 2010 Chess Olympiad
Mr. Israel Gelfer in front of
the venue of the Chess Olympiad 2010
Honorary FIDE Vice President Mr. Israel Gelfer paid a visit to Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) during last year’s World Cup on behalf of the WC OC (the commission for World Championship cycle and Olympiad) to follow and advise to the preparations for the 2010 Chess Olympiad.
During the visit he inspected the facilities at Khanty Mansiysk. The first stop was the Tennis Sport Development Center, which is the venue of the Olympiad. It has a capacity of 3500 spectators, with press conference center, and stable internet.
The Tennis Sport Development Center was inaugurated on September 24, 2008. The total area of the Center is 15558 sq.m and has seven courts with special cover. The central court (the playing hall of the Olympiad) has 3500 spectators seats.
The central court and venue of the Olympiad
The Tennis complex, general view
At the time of the visit, a meeting of the Organizing Committee of the World Chess Olympiad in 2010 and the Congress of the International Chess Federation was held. It was explained that guests will come to Khanty-Mansiysk by charter flights from Dubai, Milan, Moscow, Munich and Prague. Sportsmen of other countries will arrive at Ugra by transit flights via Moscow. About 2000 hotel rooms will be at service of the Olympiad participants – in the hotels “Tarei”, “Yugorskaya dolina”, “Seven hills”, “Misne”.
The meeting at Khanty Mansiysk during the World Cup
The campaign of Khanty Mansiysk during the Turin Olympiad
The bear was the mascot of the promotion, will we see it again at the Chess Olympiad 2010?
In a press release in February FIDE.com announced that according to regulations official invitation will be sent to federations on April 20th. The prices of the charters with full information about it will be included in the official invitation. Charters are expected to be free of charge for all participants (5 players + captain for each team) who will be only charged for airport taxes (60 USD for each passenger).
Final compositions of teams + captains should be sent, also electronically, no later than July 15th and in case not all names were given before May 20th should include all details for visas purposes according to the list which will be included into the official invitation.