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originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
a reply to: Grambler
She was, like all female players, forced to wear the abaya until the championship governing body was able to convinced them to allow them to wear other clothes.
Either way, her protests have brought light to Saudi treatment of women. It’s a shame half a million westerners won’t march in support of her.
“I am going to lose two world champion titles, one by one,” she wrote on Facebook. “Just because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia. Not to play by someone’s rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside and altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature.”
"[I decided] not to play by someone's rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside, and altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature," she said in an emotional statement.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: MisterSpock
There are separate competitions. Often the case.
Don't ask me why.
I guess your article lied about her saying this too though.
originally posted by: MisterSpock
"chess is "forbidden" in Islam because it wastes time and can lead to rivalry among players."
That seems a little ridiculous.
Bah, why do I expect anything from anyone any more.
As far as this woman, kudos to her.
originally posted by: xenon129
This the chess player in the op with normal clothes and then one where they made her wear the head dress.
There will be no need to wear a hijab or abaya during the games, this will be a first for any sporting event in Saudi Arabia.
The Women’s World Championship tournament was actually supposed to be held last October, but there were no bidders. During last September’s Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, representatives of the Iranian Chess Federation offered to stage it in their country. One caveat was that Iran insisted that the women would have to observe local laws and play wearing the headscarves, a requirement that immediately brought protests from some players and others, including Emil Sutovsky, the president of the Association of Chess Professionals.