Chess Players Forced to Wear Hijab at 2017 Championships
The 2017 World Chess Championships will be held in Tehran, and Iran has told Fide (the chess governing body) that all female participants must wear a hijab.
Fide’s Commission for Women’s Chess submitted to Iran’s demand without question, instructing all participants to respect “cultural differences” and follow the rules.
Since 1979, Iranian law has required that all women wear hijabs in public. This discriminatory rule is enforced by the nation's "morality police," and women who refuse to comply are subject to arrest, fines, and public scolding.
Needless to say, the Grandmasters are outraged. Many have flat out refused to attend the 64-player tournament scheduled for February 2017.
“This violates all what sports means,” argues Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Carla Heredia. “Sports should be free of discrimination by sex, religion, and sexual orientation.”