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The Baku Chess Olympiad Operating Committee held a meeting on preparation for the upcoming World Chess Olympiad on September 1-14.

Mahir Mammadov, the director of the operations committee for the World Cup and the Chess Olympiad said that Azerbaijani chess players will defend sporting honor of Azerbaijan with dignity, Trend reported.

The meeting focused on training of the first national team in Gabala, the second team in Baku, including the first training camp players. Favorable conditions will be created for all teams, participating in the competition.

"The 42nd World Chess Olympiad is very important for our chess players. A prestigious event will be held in the capital of Azerbaijan – Baku, for the first time. The Ministry of Youth and Sport and Azerbaijan Chess Federation (ACF) have created the necessary conditions for all teams, participating in the Olympics. "Both men's and women's teams will continue training." said Mammadov.

Vice President of ACF Faik Hasanov, as well as the coaches of national teams attended the meeting.

The chess tournament will host about 2,000 chess masters almost from 180 countries. The number of guests is expected to reach up to 3,000.

The budget for the Olympiad is 13.3 million euros. Some 6.8 million euros are set aside for first-class accommodation for the players and delegates. Another 1 will go to the FIDE Commission for World Championships & Olympiads and intellectual rights.

The tournament will take place at the unusual shape building Baku Crystal Hall once hosting Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.

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