Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Terror Watch-list Denies Chess Champ

Almost every Olympiad involves visa problems. Back in the 2008 Olympiad, for instance, I had a chance to interview the Ethiopian team who relayed their trials and tribulations in simply trying to obtain visas. But theirs was basically a combination of bureaucracy and money issues.

Imagine if you happen to find your name on a terrorist watch-list!

Well, that is exactly what happened to Taffin Khan of Guyana. It would seem that another individual, obviously the alleged terrorist, just happens to share Mr Khan's name and, to make matters worse, also his date of birth. The Guyanese team protested, but clearly to no avail as they turned up in Tromsø without Mr Khan.

More of this story here, by Stabroek News.

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