Maria Muzychuk not to participate in Women's World Chess Championship in Iran

Ukrainian chess player, former world champion Maria Muzychuk refused to participate in the Women's World Chess Championship, which will be held in Tehran, Iran, in February 2017, because of the requirement to wear hijab.

"The next tournament is the Gibraltar Open. As for the 2017 Women's World Chess Championship in Iran, I decided not to take part in it, since Iran is obviously not a suitable country for such a prestigious competition. It is so wrong that those chess players, who refuse to go to Iran and to wear the hijab, simply lose the right to participate in the Championship for no reason," she said in an interview with Ukrainian news portal.


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