Doha: The Qatar Chess Association (QCA) has filed an official complaint with the FIDE and Arab Chess Federation against the United Arab Emirates, who denied Qatari players entry to the Arab Championships in Sharjah.
“We once face a similar situation after our players were denied to take part in the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in December. FIDE has to take serious actions and send clear messages to these national federations,” said QCA Secretary General Mohamed Al Medaihki.
The competition include men, women and U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 and U20 age-group categories.
Al Medaihki, who is also a Grandmaster, said that QCA had requested the organisers to send the invitation, but they delayed and sent the registration papers a week after the January 10 deadline.
Though the Arab federation exempted 10 Qatari players from the registration process, the organisers didn’t approve them.
“We are hurt and sad that some countries are mixing politics with sports which is against all international sports laws and regulations,” Al Medaihki added.
The event, which started on January 26, will conclude on February 14.