Kenyan Man Sporting Niqab Unmasked In Girls’s Chess Match

Kenyan Man Wearing Niqab Unmasked In Women's Chess Tournament

He had performed 4 rounds earlier than being caught. (Representational)

Nairobi, Kenya:

A younger man carrying a niqab and glasses performed 4 rounds of the Nairobi Girls’s Chess Open earlier than being uncovered.

“I do not assume something prefer it has ever occurred anyplace on the earth,” mentioned John Mukabi, secretary common of the Kenyan Chess Federation.

Mukabi mentioned that after the imposter was unmasked he defined that he had executed it as a result of he had a greater probability of profitable the ladies’s competitors prizemoney.

The thirty first Kenya Open, a global chess competitors in Nairobi from April 6-10, attracted 445 individuals, with 84 entries within the ladies’s event.

One veiled participant, silent and elusive, attracted rising suspicion because the rounds progressed.

“The primary trace that there was one thing flawed was once I went round with a photographer to take footage of the competitors,” Mukabi informed AFP on Sunday.

“After we went again to the pc to place within the names, the title was Milicent Awour. We have been anticipating a Muslim title. It was a bit odd however it’s attainable that there are folks with Christian names who’re Muslims.”

He mentioned match officers have been additionally growing doubts.

“The arbiters additionally observed one thing: after video games, this individual disappears and solely comes again with a couple of minutes to the beginning of the following spherical,” mentioned Mukabi.

“Anyone additionally observed that the shoulders seemed extra male than feminine… Even the rubber sneakers he was carrying, they have been largely related to males.”

The thriller competitor was additionally scoring good outcomes.

“The opposite factor is he had defeated a really skilled woman, who participated six occasions within the World Chess Olympiad for Kenya,” mentioned Mukabi.

After spherical 4, the officers made their transfer. It was checkmate in a single.

“After that recreation, the arbiters took him apart and one feminine arbiter went with him to the washrooms the place he was requested to take away the hijab. On reaching there, he instantly simply admitted that he was a male. He was withdrawn and the scores reversed.”

“He mentioned monetary issues led him to do this,” mentioned Mukabi. “Within the males’s part, he had no probability in any respect, we had Grand Masters, Worldwide Masters…”

The younger man, who’s a pupil on the College of Nairobi, is because of seem earlier than the Kenyan chess federation’s disciplinary committee subsequent week. He faces a suspension of a number of years.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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