FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich said in an official statement, “The Online Chess Olympiad has been impacted by a global internet outage, that severely affected several countries, including India. Two of the Indian players have been affected and lost connection when the outcome of the match was still unclear.”
He added, “The Appeals Committee has examined all the evidence provided by Chess.com, as well as information gathered from other sources about this internet outage. After being informed of their considerations and in absence of a unanimous decision, and taken into account these unprecedented circumstances, as FIDE President I made the decision to award Gold Medals to both teams.”
India’s chess legend Viswanathan Anand congratulated the team and said, “We are the champions!! Congrats Russia!”
We are the champions !! Congrats Russia!
— Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) August 30, 2020
India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also extended her wishes.
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) August 30, 2020
Earlier in the game, the second round of Chess Olympiad final match, the Indian players Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh lost connection to their games and forfeited on time.