Indian chess champion Soumya Swaminathan has pulled out of an Asian tournament in Iran over the country’s compulsory headscarf rule.
The 29-12 months-vintage Lady Grandmaster said the rule used to be a contravention of her non-public rights.
“Underneath the present cases, the one method for me to protect my rights is not to move to Iran,” she wrote in a Fb publish, which went viral.
The Asian Chess Championship will take place in Iran subsequent month.
Ms Swaminathan, who’s ranked No FIVE in India, instructed native media that the tournament used to be at the beginning supposed to be held in Bangladesh. “But once the new dates and new venue came up, I excused myself,” she stated.
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