A schoolgirl was kicked out of a chess competition after her dress was deemed ‘seductive’.
The 12-year-old district champion was taking part in the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 on April 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
But organiser Sophian A. Yusof said the clothing was ”improper” and ordered her to buy new clothes.
The girl’s coach Kaushal Kal said the young chess ace was devastated and had to withdraw from the competition.
He said: ”In the middle of Round 2, (without stopping the clocks) Chief Arbiter informs my student that the dress she wore was improper and have violated the dress code of the tournament.
”It was later informed (by Chief Arbiter) to my student and her mother, that the Tournament Director deemed my student’s dress to be ‘seductive’ and a ‘temptation from a certain angle far, far away’. We found this statement completely out of line!
”We are absolutely disgusted by the treatment of the tournament director of a 12-year-old girl and her mother.
”This incident has resulted in a loss of time and money invested before, during and after the tournament in coaching, registration fees, travel, accommodation and other incurred costs.
Kaushal said the girl felt ”harassed and humiliated” and had left her ”extremely disturbed and embarrassed.”
The girl’s mother Chin Wai Ling said she did not have time to buy trouser’s for the following day’s 9am start time.
She said: ”My daughter was shocked after her game was interrupted by the chief arbiter
”I tried to explain to the chief arbiter that I only brought three dresses of similar length for the three-day event, and the fact that she had tights on. So nothing was revealed. I tried to reason.”
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