Cops will con­tinue probe, says MCF

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Chess Fed­er­a­tion (MCF) has stopped its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an in­ci­dent where a 12-year-old par­tic­i­pant was al­legedly forced to with­draw from a chess tour­na­ment in Putrajaya last month for wear­ing a “se­duc­tive” dress.

MCF deputy pres­i­dent Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah Raja Hussin yes­ter­day said the de­ci­sion was made af­ter a po­lice re­port was filed by the tour­na­ment di­rec­tor, Sophian A. Yusuf.

“An in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mit­tee was formed on April 30. We will leave it to the po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate, hence, the fed­er­a­tion dis­con­tin­ued the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

He said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mit­tee had de­ter­mined that the player was never dis­qual­i­fied or forced to with­draw as al­leged. Tengku Ahmad said MCF had noth­ing to do with the press con­fer­ences or state­ments made by the tour­na­ment di­rec­tor.

“We hope that the mat­ter can be re­solved am­i­ca­bly.

“The fed­er­a­tion will ex­tend its fullest co­op­er­a­tion,” he said.

It was re­ported that the girl was al­legedly forced to with­draw from the com­pe­ti­tion as her dress was deemed “se­duc­tive”.

The is­sue be­gan when the girl’s coach, Malaysian chess player Kaushal Kand­har, ex­pressed his out­rage at the event or­gan­is­ers on Face­book for their al­leged treat­ment of the girl over her at­tire.

Kaushal then shared a pho­to­graph of the girl’s short-sleeved black-and-or­ange striped knee­length dress.

The tour­na­ment di­rec­tor has since claimed that he was not there when the in­ci­dent oc­curred but was only in­formed of the sit­u­a­tion at the end of the sec­ond game that same day.

When con­tacted yes­ter­day, Kaushal said he was seek­ing le­gal advice.

How­ever, he de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

Mean­while, Sophian said the chief ar­biter was a Class A In­ter­na­tional Ar­biter, adding that he would not com­ment fur­ther on the mat­ter.

“I will let my lawyer han­dle it,” he said.

The chief ar­biter and the girl’s mother could not be reached for com­ment.

Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah Raja Hussin

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