Ukrainians were given advice on how to deal with Russians at the Chess World Cup after the Kharlan incident
The Ukrainian Chess Federation has published recommendations for Ukrainians who will take part in the World Cup to be held in Azerbaijan from 29 July to 25 August. The men's tournament will feature 12 Russians, who will play in neutral status.
After the Kharlan incident, the Ukrainian Chess Federation considers it advisable to refrain from shaking hands with representatives of Russia and Belarus, regardless of which flag they play under.
Ukrainian chess players are also advised not to take joint photos or videos with athletes from Russia and Belarus, to communicate with them as little as possible, and to "refrain from actions that could harm the image of Ukraine".
In addition, the FSU explained what should be emphasised during speeches at media events, in public space and on social media.
"It is necessary to remind the world community that: the war waged against Ukraine and its people by Russia and Belarus is ongoing; it is unacceptable that the International Chess Federation (FIDE) is headed by Russian Arkady Dvorkovich; it is unacceptable that chess players from Russia and Belarus play in any status at official tournaments as long as their states and citizens commit or support acts of terrorism in Ukraine," the USF said in a statement on Facebook.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Ukrainian sabre fencer Olha Kharlan defeated Russian Anna Smirnova in the 1/32 finals of the 2023 World Fencing Championships in Milan.