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Chess team denied visa to play in Italy

Italian Embassy in Dhaka suspected Bangladesh players would go to Italy and wouldn't come back

Update : 08 Oct 2022, 06:25 PM

Bangladesh Chess Federation faced unexpected rejection from the Italian Embassy in Dhaka who denied seven chess players the visas to participate in the Fide World Junior Chess Championship, scheduled to be held in Sardinia, Italy from October 11 to 23.

The seven players include two male and five female members.

They are Subrota Biswas, Noshin Anjum, Jannatul Ferdous, Neelava Choudhury, Walijah Ahmed, Wadifa Ahmed and Shadat Kibria Ayaan.

Head of delegate Mahmuda Chowdhury Moly informed Dhaka Tribune that they applied for the visas on September 18 with the necessary documents but when they were not getting them, they knocked the tournament organizers who also emailed to the embassy but to no avail.

“We called and emailed to the embassy but there was no reply. The organizers also sent mail to the embassy but same again, no response. Then I went to the embassy. An official met me there and said they refused all passports. They suspected that if the players go to Italy they wouldn’t come back,” said Moly.

Head of delegate Mahmuda Chowdhury Moly with Noshin Anjum and Jannatul Ferdous

 

Moly also added that they have travelled to many countries in the world including Europe and the United States of America to play chess but such incident never happened before.

The denial disheartened the participants.

“It’s very important tournament for them as they have been preparing under the Grandmasters. They need to play such tournament. I also feel sad for Walijah who is national junior champion. It shocked her mentally,” added Moly.

International arbiter Harunur Rashid notified that they also toured Italy for Chess Olympiad back in 2006 where 13 members from Bangladesh including him took part.

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