American female chess champion won't compete in Iran due to hijab requirement

The U.S. champion chess player, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, will not be competing in the world championship to he held in Iran next February because the Iranians will enforce the law requiring all women to wear a head scarf.

Several other players from around the world have also objected to the requirement.  But the federation that governs international women's chess sees no problem with women being forced to cover their heads.

CNN:

Meanwhile former Pan American champion Carla Heredia -- who did not qualify for the Tehran tournament -- also called for the 64 women who are playing there to protest against the hijab rule.

"Iran has hosted chess tournaments before and women were always forced to wear a hijab," Paikidze-Barnes told CNN. "We don't see this event being any different, forced hijab is the country's law."

This, she said, is "religious and sexist discrimination."

She added: "If the venue of the championship is not changed, I will not be participating. I am deeply upset by this. I feel privileged to have qualified to represent the US at the Women's World Chess Championship and to not be able to due to religious, sexist, and political issues is very disappointing."

Meanwhile Heredia, originally from Ecuador and now living in Texas, said: "This is not only about 64 players, this is a world issue, a women's rights issue. That's why I'm speaking up. Sports should be free of this type of discrimination."

She said she hoped Iran would agree for women to play without hijabs without fear of punishment.

Islamic codes of behavior and dress are strictly enforced in Iran. In public places, women must cover their heads with a headscarf.

Susan Polger, the chairman of FIDE's Commission for Women's Chess, has so far not received any complaints from players on the matter. However, she said, if complaints come in, the commission will handle them "professionally and diplomatically."

Polger, who is retired from competing, said she has never had to play a tournament wearing a headscarf. However, she said that speaking personally, she would not have an issue with wearing one out of respect for a country's culture.

Spoken like a true appeaser.  Perhaps she thinks "respect for a country's culture" doesn't depend on that country respecting everyone else's culture.  By requiring the hijab, Iran is looking to ram their "culture" and religion down the throats of women from all over the world.  It goes beyond insult.  They wish to force women to grovel at the feet of  authorities who are looking to humiliate women they believe are "unclean."

Kudos to the U.S. chess champion.  Now if only she could get a little support from our timid feminists, who see nothing wrong with supporting policies in Islamic countries that set back women's rights 500 years.

The U.S. champion chess player, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, will not be competing in the world championship to he held in Iran next February because the Iranians will enforce the law requiring all women to wear a head scarf.

Several other players from around the world have also objected to the requirement.  But the federation that governs international women's chess sees no problem with women being forced to cover their heads.

CNN:

Meanwhile former Pan American champion Carla Heredia -- who did not qualify for the Tehran tournament -- also called for the 64 women who are playing there to protest against the hijab rule.

"Iran has hosted chess tournaments before and women were always forced to wear a hijab," Paikidze-Barnes told CNN. "We don't see this event being any different, forced hijab is the country's law."

This, she said, is "religious and sexist discrimination."

She added: "If the venue of the championship is not changed, I will not be participating. I am deeply upset by this. I feel privileged to have qualified to represent the US at the Women's World Chess Championship and to not be able to due to religious, sexist, and political issues is very disappointing."

Meanwhile Heredia, originally from Ecuador and now living in Texas, said: "This is not only about 64 players, this is a world issue, a women's rights issue. That's why I'm speaking up. Sports should be free of this type of discrimination."

She said she hoped Iran would agree for women to play without hijabs without fear of punishment.

Islamic codes of behavior and dress are strictly enforced in Iran. In public places, women must cover their heads with a headscarf.

Susan Polger, the chairman of FIDE's Commission for Women's Chess, has so far not received any complaints from players on the matter. However, she said, if complaints come in, the commission will handle them "professionally and diplomatically."

Polger, who is retired from competing, said she has never had to play a tournament wearing a headscarf. However, she said that speaking personally, she would not have an issue with wearing one out of respect for a country's culture.

Spoken like a true appeaser.  Perhaps she thinks "respect for a country's culture" doesn't depend on that country respecting everyone else's culture.  By requiring the hijab, Iran is looking to ram their "culture" and religion down the throats of women from all over the world.  It goes beyond insult.  They wish to force women to grovel at the feet of  authorities who are looking to humiliate women they believe are "unclean."

Kudos to the U.S. chess champion.  Now if only she could get a little support from our timid feminists, who see nothing wrong with supporting policies in Islamic countries that set back women's rights 500 years.