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Soumya says No to headscarf, Withdraws from Iran event

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New Delhi, June 13 : Woman Grandmaster and former world junior girls’ champion Soumya Swaminathan has pulled out of the Asian Team Chess Championship, to be held in Hamadan, Iran, from July 26 to August 4 as she refused to follow country’s strict Islamic dress code of wearing a headscarf.

Terming the Islamic country’s “compulsory headscarf” rule violative of her personal rights, the 29-year-old,“I do not wish to be forced to wear a headscarf or burqa. I find the Iranian law of compulsory headscarf to be in direct violation of my basic human rights, including my right to freedom of expression and right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. It seems that under the present circumstances, the only way for me to protect my rights is to not go to Iran.”

Here is what Soumya Swaminathan wrote on her Facebook page about her decision.

“I am very sorry to state that I have asked to be excused from the Indian Women’s team for the forthcoming Asian Nations Cup ( Asian Team ) Chess Championship 2018, to be held at Iran from 26 July – 4 Aug 2018, as I do not wish to be forced to wear a Headscarf or Burkha. I find the Iranian law of compulsory Headscarf to be in direct violation of my basic Human Rights including my right to freedom of expression, and right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. It seems that under the present circumstances, the only way for me to protect my rights is not to go to Iran.

I am very disappointed to see that player’s rights and welfare are given such less importance while allotting and/or organising official championships. I understand the organisers expecting us to wear our National Team Dress or Formals or Sporting attire for our games during official championships, but surely there is no place for an enforceable religious dress code in Sports.

It is a huge honour for me to represent India everytime I am selected in the National Team and I deeply regret that I will be unable to participate in such an important championship. While we sportspersons are willing to make several adjustments for the sake of our sport, always giving it top priority in our life, some things simply cannot be compromised.”

This is not the first time an athlete pulled out of an event over the same issue. In 2016, top Indian shooter Heena Sidhu had withdrawn from the Asian Airgun meet in Iran citing the same reason.

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Asian Games 2018: Sanjeev Rajput wins Silver medal in 50m air rifle

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Jakarta, Aug 21: Indian shooter Sanjeev Rajput won the Silver medal in Men’s 50m air rifle( 3 positions) event at Asian Games 2018.

Earlier,shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma clinched the gold and bronze medal, respectively in the Men’s 10 metre Air Pistol final.

With a score of 240.7 Saurabh bagged the yellow metal.

While Abhishek stood third scoring 219.3 to take India’s medal tally to seven.

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Asian Games 2018: Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold, Abhishek Verma bronze in 10m air pistol

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Jakarta, Aug 21: Indian shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma clinched the gold and bronze medal, respectively in the Men’s 10 metre Air Pistol final on the third day of Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta. 

With a score of 240.7 Saurabh bagged the yellow metal.

While Abhishek stood third scoring 219.3 to take India’s medal tally to seven.

Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan won the silver with 239.7 points. He and Saurabh pulled away for the contest with points of 220.1 and 220.5 respectively.  After eight series Abhishek was eliminated with 219.3 points.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced Rs 50 lakh award for Saurabh Chaudhary.

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3rd Test: India set daunting 521-run target for England

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Virat Kohli Cheteshwar pujara india vs england

Nottingham, Aug 21: India declared their second innings at 352/7, setting a target of 521 runs for England to win the third Test with two days remaining at Trent Bridge here on Monday.

Skipper Virat Kohli struck his 23rd Test ton, his fourth slowest century coming off 197 balls, to guide India to the massive score.

Kohli received great support from No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara (72), who forged a 113-run third wicket partnership before all-rounder Hardik Pandya struck a run-a-ball 52 to take the lead past the 500-run mark.

Brief Scores: India: 329 all out and 352/7 (Virat Kohli 103, Cheteshwar Pujara 72, Hardik Pandya 52; Adil Rashid 3/101) against England: first innings: 161 all out.

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