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Yemen sacks national chess team for Israel game

The team was participating in the World Chess Olympics in Belarus.

September 22, 2010 10:55 by



Yemen’s sports minister has dismissed the Yemeni national chess team for playing against Israel in an international tournament, a government website said late on Tuesday.

The team was participating in the World Chess Olympics in Belarus when it played their Israeli opponents, the official September 26 Net website said.

Yemen is a member of the World Chess Federation, ranking 89th in a list of 154 countries. Israel is ranked 5th.

Some Arab sports teams have cancelled participation in international championships in the past because of Israel’s participation.

(Reporting by Mohammed Mokhashaf; Writing by Martina Fuchs; Editing by Peter Graff)



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