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Indian chess team withdraws from World Cadet Championship in Egypt amid Israel-Gaza conflict

R Praggnanandhaa throughout a recreation on the FIDE Chess World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. Picture: Twitter/ChessBaseIndia

Chennai: The Indian staff has pulled out of the World Cadet Chess Championship scheduled to be held at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt from 14 to 23 October in view of the scenario in Gaza and maintaining in thoughts the protection of the members.

As many as 39 gamers from the nation have been supposed to participate within the event which included occasions within the under-12, 10 and eight classes.

“Considering the ongoing situation at Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas and the age of participants, after due deliberations, it was decided to withdraw the participation of the Indian team in the World Cadet Chess Championship-2023,” All India Chess Federation (AICF) mentioned in a press launch.

In keeping with AICF sources, some 80 individuals, together with gamers, coaches and people accompanying the gamers, have been to go to Sharm el Sheikh for the event.

“The All India Chess Federation took this decision considering all the aspects of safety and security of young players as Egypt shares the border with Gaza as well as Israel,” the discharge mentioned.

“Sharm el Sheikh, the host metropolis for the championship is lower than 400 KM from the Israel border and the battle can considerably impression business airways within the Center East on brief discover.

“The Federation took this hard decision based on force majeure and unforeseen scenarios as we give paramount importance to the safety of our players even though our players put in almost one year training to participate in this important event.”

In the meantime, an AICF official mentioned the Indian federation has requested the world chess physique (FIDE) to postpone the event maintaining in thoughts the scenario in Gaza.

The official additionally mentioned that the choice was taken as the protection of the youngsters needed to be taken into consideration and there was uncertainty over flight operations owing to the scenario in Gaza.

Israel has launched an unprecedented offensive in opposition to the Islamic militant group Hamas ruling Gaza after its fighters broke via the border fence and stormed into the nation’s south via air, land and sea on 7 October.

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