Iran is not an appropriate place for an international competition of any kind. Like apartheid South Africa, or North Carolina, it should be treated as a vast wasteland of bigotry. [Kidding about NC.]
I personally will be boycotting the beach volleyball tournament if that goes to Iran as well.
The world’s top female chess players have reacted with horror after being told they must compete at next year’s world championship wearing a hijab.
Within hours of Iran being revealed as its host country, the prestigious event was plunged into crisis as it emerged players taking part face arrest if they don’t cover up.
In response, Grandmasters lined up to say they would boycott the 64-player knock-out and accused the game’s scandal-hit governing body Fide of failing to stand up for women’s rights.
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