The Chess Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran has described this Wednesday as unexpected the decision of the Iranian chess player Sara Khademalsharieh, who has returned to compete without the Islamic veil in the World Cup that is being held in Kazakhstan.
The president of the Iranian Chess Federation, Hasan Tamini, has said that they did not expect this chess player to remove her veil "because she had participated in previous tournaments complying with the laws" of the country, reports the local Iranian news agency Fars.
Tamini also indicated that Khademalsharieh, 25, has not attended that championship through the federation, but "independently" and without a veil.
Iran has been experiencing anti-government protests and protests against Islamic religious norms since mid-September, following the death in police custody of a young Kurdish woman named Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested for wearing the veil improperly.
Iranian law requires all women to wear the headscarf, including athletes in international competitions.
Since the protests began, several Iranian athletes as a show of support have appeared without the Islamic headscarf in competitions in other countries, as was the case with Elnaz Rekabí, a climber who climbed without a headscarf last October.