A 12-year-old girl was allegedly forced to withdraw from a chess tournament after her dress was deemed too “seductive”.
The girl’s coach, Kaushal Khandhar, described the upsetting incident in a recent Facebook post that has gone viral.
The player’s mother, Chin Wai Ling, was approached once play had started by the event’s Chief Arbiter who told her that her daughter’s dress was too “seductive” and would be a, “temptation from a certain angle far, far away’” for both fellow players and onlookers.
A lot of people on social have also expressed their disgust in the arbiter’s disqualification of the 12 year old with some calling him a pervert and others saying Malaysia is 600 years behind because there is nothing wrong with the girl’s dress. Others said the girl’s dress was very appropriate and that she should have been allowed to remain in the game while the arbiter should have been escorted out for his immorality.
Read his full post below:
This situation had led to the inevitable decision of withdrawal from the tournament all together.
We are absolutely DIGUSTED by the treatment of Tournament Director to a 12-year-old girl and her mother. This incident has resulted in loss of time and money which was invested before, during and after the tournament on coaching, registration fees, travelling, accommodation and other incurred cost.
This bright young girl was recently the champion of her district in MSS Kuala Lumpur and has shown tremendous potential in Chess. This incident has left her extremely disturbed, and embarrassed.
I have been playing chess in Malaysia for almost 2 decades and I have never heard this type of issue ever in any tournaments in Malaysia. This should be the first and last time this kind of issue ever appears, I or anyone of us should never accept this in our Chess Community.
We demand a public apology from Tournament Director of National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017. In the event, we do not receive a public apology in the next 5 days, we shall have no choice but to resort to legal proceedings.
Despite the demand for an apology, neither the National Scholastic Championships nor the Malaysian Chess Federation have made any comment regarding the incident. The player, who was the district champion in MSS Kuala Lampur, was described by Khandar as having “tremendous potential.”