Women’s chess champ stands up to Iran: I’d rather sacrifice my career than wear a hijab

The top U.S. female chess champion is now saying she’d rather hurt her career and skip the upcoming championship tournaments in Iran than be forced to wear the oppressive Muslim headscarf while competing in that Muslim-controlled country.

Last week BizPacReview reported the story of U.S. female chess champion Nazi Paikidze who was criticizing the world chess organization (FIDE) for allowing Iran to force female contestants to wear the oppressive hijab headscarf while competing at the world chess championship scheduled to be held in Iran.

Iranian government officials ruled that all western female contestants entering Iran for the tournament must wear the hijab scarf while in Iran. Worse, officials warned that any woman who ignores the demand will be arrested and thrown in jail.

Now Paikidze is speaking out even more decisively.

Paikidze is sticking by her decision and will definitely boycott the tournament unless the headscarf rule is dropped.

The chess champ took to her Instagram account to further explain why she was boycotting the tournament.

This is a post for those who don’t understand why I am boycotting FIDE’s decision.

I think it’s unacceptable to host a WOMEN’S World Championship in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights and are treated as second-class citizens.

For those saying that I don’t know anything about Iran: I have received the most support and gratitude from the people of Iran, who are facing this situation every day.

Paikidze wasn’t alone in her concern. Among the others also speaking out was former Pan American champion Carla Heredia, from Ecuador, also criticized the tournament.

“No institution, no government, nor a Women’s World Chess Championship should force women to wear or to take out a hijab,” Heredia said. She then added, “This violates all what sports means. Sport should be free of discrimination by sex, religion and sexual orientation.”

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