BEIRUT (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime has been snubbed for yet another time in a sports event as a young Lebanese chess player decided to quit the 28th edition of Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival in the United Arab Emirates to avoid facing a Zionist opponent.
The junior Lebanese chess champion Maggie Kassem Fawaz made the decision to pull out of the fourth round of the competitions in the Emirati capital because the draw set her up to confront a contestant from the occupying regime, Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Nour radio station reported.
The chess player said she refused to compete against the Zionist player during the Abu Dhabi tournament because the regime is an enemy.
The girl added that she took the move in a show of solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian nation, and in condemnation of attempts by a number of Arab countries to normalize full diplomatic relations with the occupying regime.
The 28th edition of Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival kicked off in the UAE on August 16, and will conclude on August 25.
The development comes only a few days after a young Lebanese mixed martial arts fighter announced his withdrawal from the 2022 Youth International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) World Championships in the UAE to avoid facing a Zionist opponent in the international competitions.
Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network reported on August 18 that Charbel Abou Daher pulled out of the sports event in Abu Dhabi after the draw placed him against a Zionist rival.
Earlier this month, Iraqi tennis stars Nasr Mahdi and Mohammad al-Mahdi pulled out of the Bucharest Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament 2022 in Romania to avoid playing against Zionist competitors.
Back on July 31, the Palestinian Information Center reported that Jordanian taekwondo fighter Maysir al-Dahamsheh had shunned a face-off against a Zionist rival at the 2022 World Taekwondo Cadet & Junior Championships in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia.