I wasn't even there, says chess tourney director

Low Han Shaun

Chess tournament director breaks silence today to deny ever seeing this dress, which he is alleged to have called 'seductive' . – Facebook pic, April 28, 2017.

A CHESS official today denied being present when a 12-year-old competitor was told off for wearing inappropriate clothes, which has sparked outrage and calls for his resignation from the Malaysian Chess Federation. 

Sophian A. Yusuf broke his silence when he said he had never seen the 12-year-old girl at the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 or the dress she wore until someone posted the picture on social media.

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  • It's unfortunate that so much anger has been directed at Sophian, if what he says is true. Yet he must take full responsibility for hiring arbiters with such despicable attitudes and narrow minds. People with such a obsessive compulsions to dictate to others will NOT to be tolerated on this planet within the next 36 months.

    Posted 5 years ago by Antares Maitreya

  • Sophian's is akin to Najib as Chairman of 1MDB not knowing RM2.6Bil was siphoned into his account. Sophian as Tournament Director cannot claim he knows nothing at all and leave the participants at the mercy of his arbiters. There were some comments that the girl left on her own, logically when one has gone through round 1 would they just leave without completing round 2??? NO right?? Unless interrupted and forbidden to proceed. According to the child's mother statement, this was done late at night when all shopping centres were closed, of course la, this is seen as a deliberate action to stop this child fr competing for whatever reason. You should hv given in advance a dress code and stopped her fr entering the competition in the first place and NOT humiliate her in the first place.

    Posted 5 years ago by Bryan Fanks