Female chess champ banned from Iranian team for refusing to wear hijab

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Female chess player Dorsa Derakhshani, who was banned from the Iranian national women's team for attending an international competition without wearing an Islamic headscarf, has joined the US team.

Her brother, Borna Derakhshani, was also banned from playing for Iran after he was paired against an Israeli grandmaster Alexander Huzman. Dorsa Derakhshani refused to wear the headscarf, known as the hijab, during the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess tournament in February, and joined the U.S. national team, UK’s Telegraph reported. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has required women to wear the hijab in public places.

We salute your principled stand, Dorrsa!

Click here for the full story at The Telegraph UK

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