TUNISIA COULD LOSE CHANCE TO HOST WORLD CHESS MEET AFTER BANNING ISRAELIS
The World Chess Federation said it will forbid the country from hosting the international chess competition if they refuse a visa to Israel’s champion.
BY ELIANA SCHREIBER
JULY 29, 2018 14:34
Tunisia, which is currently scheduled to host the 2019 World Schools Chess Championship, could have its hosting privilege revoked if the country refuses to grant a visa to a seven-year-old Israeli girl.
The country, which has no diplomatic ties with Israel, does not permit Israelis to enter its borders, and is refusing to make an exception for Liel Levitan, the European School Individual Chess champion in her age group, for the upcoming World Chess Federation (FIDE) tournament.
The restriction would force Levitan and other Israelis to forfeit their spots in the tournament. A similar situation at the 2017 tournament, also held in Tunisia, disqualified Israelis from participating in the competition – simply because they could not enter the country.
In an email last week, FIDE secretary Polina Tsedenova said the organization is taking necessary measures to put pressure on Tunisia to allow entry of all participants.
“We have requested an urgent explanation from the Tunisian Chess Federation,” Tsedenova wrote. “We are also sending them a separate letter requesting written confirmation that the 2019 World Schools Championship, which is scheduled to take place in Tunisia, will provide visas to all participants. Only after that will the organization of the tournament be confirmed for them.”
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World Chess Federation Warns Tunisia Not to Bar Israel from Tournament
By Hana Levi Julian - 18 Av 5778 – July 30, 2018
The World Chess Federation has finally decided to put an end to the Arab world’s discrimination against Jews and Israel, warning Tunisia that it could lose its chance next year to host the international chess competition, if it refuses a visa to the champion of Israel, as it did with last year’s competitors.
Tunisia is scheduled to host the 2019 World Schools Chess Championship.
So far, the country has refused to grant an entry visa to seven-year-old Liel Levitan, the European School Individual Chess Champion in her age group, for the upcoming FIDE (World Chess Federation) tournament.
Nevertheless, the World Chess Federation has had enough — or at least, has reached its limit thanks to an inquiry in response to a query by StandWithUs, an Israel advocacy organization.
FIDE secretary Polina Tsedenova said in an email last week quoted by The Jerusalem Post that the organization is taking necessary measures to put pressure on Tunisia to allow entry of all participants.
“We have requested an urgent explanation from the Tunisian Chess Federation,” Tsedenova wrote.
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