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Pakistani Chess Team Landed in Morning, Left For Home Same Night says AICF

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Last Updated: July 29, 2022, 17:02 IST

Chennai, India

Pakistan chess team (Twitter)

Pakistan chess team (Twitter)

Pakistan Government withdrew their chess contingent from participating in the Chess Olympiad as they felt India were mixing politics with sport

Members of the Pakistan chess team - players and officials- had landed here on Thursday morning and went back home the same night, All India Chess Federation (AICF) officials said.

“The Pakistani teams were supposed to reach here on July 27. It seems they had missed their connecting flight and landed here on July 28 morning," AICF Secretary and 44th Chess Olympiad Tournament Director Bharat Singh Chauhan told IANS.

According to him, the officials of Pakistan’s chess federation too have gone back and will not be participating in the International Chess Federation/FIDE Congress.

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“The Pakistani team had left for their country yesterday (Thursday) night," All India Chess Federation President Sanjay Kapoor told IANS.

“It is certainly unfortunate that the Pakistan government decided to withdraw its teams from the Olympiad," he added.

According to Kapoor, the Pakistani players were sad on hearing the news of their team’s withdrawal from the Olympiad.

It is not known whether the International Chess Federation/FIDE is contemplating any action.

On Thursday, the Pakistan government announced its decision to call back its chess teams - Open and Women- from participating in the Chess Olympiad, which started on time in Chennai on Friday evening.

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first published:July 29, 2022, 17:02 IST
last updated:July 29, 2022, 17:02 IST