The Indian schaakspeelster Soumya Swaminathan does not participate in an international competition in Iran, because they have no headscarf to wear. She says that the obligation is a violation of human rights.
Swaminathan was preparing for a schaakkampioenschap in Bangladesh, but when the game in Iran would continue, wanted the 29-year-old player no longer participate. “The mandatory wearing of a headscarf in Iran is in conflict with my human rights’, she wrote last week on Facebook. “I want to feel free to make compromises for my sport, but some things I can’t admit it. The obligation of a religious dress code has no place in the world of sports.’
The woman is not the first Indian athlete who withdraws from a match in Iran because of the obligatory headscarf. Heena Sidhu does target shooting, and gave two years ago the bundle for the championships in Tehran. They also found the dress code is discriminatory.
The Ukrainian Anna Muzychuk, the world title of chess with the women on her name had both blitz as rapid in 2017, also took part in a tournament in Saudi Arabia. She wanted to during her stay in Riyadh no abaja wear a long, loose dress (usually black) that is laying on the floor, reaches down and also the hair covered, but hands and feet shows.
“There are limits and wear a headscarf in Iran was as far as I wanted to go,” wrote the 27-year-old Muzychuk when on Facebook. That the dress code does not apply during the tournament itself changes for her is nothing to the case. “I hold on to my principles, even if I could there in five days time earn more than twelve other tournaments together.”