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Chess champion backs out of the Asian Chess Championship in Iran-English

Former Junior Girls’ chess Champion Soumya Swaminathan backs out of the upcoming Asian Team Chess Championship that was set to be held from July 26 to August 4, in the city of Hamadan in Iran, due to the compulsory rule of wearing a headscarf in the country.

“I am very sorry to state that I have asked to be excused from the Indian Women’s team for the forthcoming Asian Nations Cup ( Asian Team ) Chess Championship 2018, to be held at Iran from 26 July – 4 Aug 2018, as I do not wish to be forced to wear a Headscarf or Burkha. I find the Iranian law of compulsory Headscarf to be in direct violation of my basic Human Rights including my right to freedom of expression, and right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” she wrote on her Facebook wall.

The decision to back out of the tournament came 2 years after a top level shooter Heena Sindhu pulled out from a tournament in Iran due to same reasons.


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