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Chess Federation Backs Soumya Swaminathan On Decision To Withdraw From Iran Event

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) on Wednesday supported Soumya Swaminathan on her choice to pull back from the up and coming Asian Nations Cup Chess Championship 2018 in Iran. Soumya pulled back from the competition as she wouldn't like to wear a headscarf, said a best AICF official. "It is her own decision and choice. We don't have anything against it. We will discover a substitution for her," AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan told IANS. "The world chess body's (FIDE) position is to maintain the nearby laws, culture and customs. Correspondingly, AICF will likewise comply with FIDE's position. What's more, players are allowed to take their own choice," Chauhan additionally included.
Discussing the occasion, Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman said that it is Soumya's own choice and she regards her decision. "It is Soumya's own decision. I regard that. She has not said anything against anyone or anyone," Vijayalakshmi said. Vijayalakshmi said even Saudi Arabia has comparative govern - obligatory wearing of headscarf however had exempted that when the World Championship was held there in 2017. "I had played in that competition and did not wear the headscarf there," Vijayalakshmi said.
Soumya quit the competition as a result of the mandatory headscarf run in the nation which she said disregarded her own rights. She took to her Facebook page to state, "I locate the Iranian law of mandatory Headscarf to be in coordinate infringement of my essential Human Rights including my entitlement to opportunity of articulation, and ideal to flexibility of thought, soul, and religion. It appears that under the current conditions, the main route for me to secure my rights isn't to go to Iran."


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