KARJAKIN, RUSSIA'S TOP COACH SERGEI HAS BEEN BANNED FROM COMPETITION FOR SIX MONTHS DUE TO HIS SUPPORT OF RUSSIA'S INVASION OF UKRAINE, THE INTERNATIONAL CHESS FEDERATION (FIDE) SAID ON MONDAY.

KARJAKIN, RUSSIA'S TOP COACH SERGEI HAS BEEN BANNED FROM COMPETITION FOR SIX MONTHS DUE TO HIS SUPPORT OF RUSSIA'S INVASION OF UKRAINE, THE INTERNATIONAL CHESS FEDERATION (FIDE) SAID ON MONDAY.

 


Karjacken, who challenged Magnus Carlsen for the world title in 2016, has defended his country's actions on social media in recent weeks, drawing fierce criticism from the chess world. 'Sergei Karjakin has been found guilty of violating Section 2.2.10 of the FIDE Code of Ethics, and is punishable by a global six-month ban from participating as a player in any FIDE-ranked chess competition, effective from the date of this decision, March 21, 2022,' the Board of Directors said. The statements of Sergei Karjakin regarding the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine led to a large number of reactions on social media and elsewhere, largely negative towards the opinions expressed.' The athlete who was born in Crimea, represented Ukraine until 2009, and the 32-year-old said on Telegram that he is being targeted because of his support for Vladimir Putin.

'An expected decision, but no less a shame than FIDE,' Karjakin said. 'All sports choices have been crushed, the basic principle that sports outside politics has been crushed. Especially, first of all I am a patriot of my country and secondly I am an athlete. If I think again about the situation when I supported the President of Russia, the people and the army, I would do the same! I don't regret anything.' Another Russian teacher, Sergei Shepov, was not punished for his pro-Russian comments because FIDE judged they were 'a slightly different and less provocative character than those made by Karjakin.'The ban puts Karjakin in doubt about the participation in the Candidates Tournament, which begins on June 16. Karjakin can appeal the decision if he wants within 21 days.

FIDE last week stripped Moscow of this year's chess Olympiad and the FIDE Congress, banning Russian and Belarusian players from competing in tournaments under their respective flags.

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