Saudi Arabia, a place where can still visit the seventh century and not be in a museum…
One would have to ask the question most worth asking, why in the world are they holding these events in Arab/Muslim world? They do not respect the idea behind international competitive sports.
Israelis seek compensation after Saudi chess snub
JERUSALEM (AFP) –
The Israel Chess Federation said Tuesday it is seeking compensation from the organisers of a tournament in Saudi Arabia, after the Gulf state refused to issue visas for its players.
The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships is the first international chess competition held in Saudi Arabia, perceived as a display of the conservative kingdom’s growing openness to the West.
The regulations of the organisers, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), stipulate that no player should be refused the opportunity to participate, but players from three states — Iran, Qatar, and Israel, had initially not received visas.
On Monday, FIDE announced it had “secured visas for Qatar and Iran,” with officials from the world chess body failing to reach an agreement with the Saudis to allow the Israelis to enter the kingdom for the games.
A Saudi official said Tuesday the kingdom was “maintaining its policy” on Israel.