Days of Palestine

Lebanese Chess Player Withdraws from World Championships to Avoid Facing Israeli Opponent

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Lebanese chess player Sally Hamadeh withdrew from the World Chess Championship held in Georgia, refusing to confront an Israeli player.

Sally Hamada retreated from the fifth round of the World Chess Championship for age groups in refusal to normalize with Israeli occupation as she was drawn with an Israeli competitor.

“The reason for the withdrawal was the nationality of the player who was supposed to face Sally,” said Jamal Shamiya, head of the Lebanese delegation. 

He added that there was no recognition of the Israeli occupation nor normalization with the aggressor Israeli occupier. 

Sally was not the first, the two Lebanese players Charbel Abu Daher and Nadia Fawaz preferred to withdraw from international championships in UAE over normalization with Israeli apartheid and to avoid facing an Israeli opponent.