Polish draughts queen Natalia Sadovskaya has eliminated her national flag from the desk in assist of her Russian opponent, Tamara Tansykkuzhina, who had the Russian tricolor abruptly taken away during their world champs final.
The incendiary incident that noticed a political row broke out occurred as Tansykkuzhina and Sadovskaya clashed for the world draughts crown in Warsaw.
Match secretary Jacek Pawlicki stepped in to take away Tansykkuzhina’s identify and flag, explaining that he was performing on a name from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which has banned Russia’s national symbols at main sporting occasions for 2 years over alleged manipulations.
The organizers’ transfer triggered public outrage, with Poland being accused of a “political provocation.”
The Russian group claimed that the incident had value Tansykkuzhina treasured time during a defeat in the fourth spherical of the competition that left her trailing 32-16, though she recovered in the fifth to cut back the deficit to simply 4 factors.
“The Polish athlete has removed her flag as well, they are both playing without flags now,” Russian Draughts Federation head Anatoly Nikitin informed Lenta.
“I think the matter is closed as the Polish side apologized after the incident.”
He added that the match ought to have been performed a yr in the past, when no WADA sanctions had been launched, and condemned the way in which the Russian symbols had been eliminated.
“It shouldn’t have been done during the match and in front of cameras. They should have made an official statement and removed the flag before the match,” Nikitin explained.
Sadovskaya is chasing the title she received in 2016 and 2018, needing 22 extra factors from the remaining 5 rounds to seal victory with the rating at the moment at 32-28.
Based in the Polish capital, she portrayed herself sporting a glamorous gown alongside Tansykkuzhina earlier than the final began, including: “Both still smiling.”
A fan of covershoot-style snaps whereas trying over draughts boards, Sadovskaya has described her ambition to be “the kind of woman that makes other women want to up their game”.
“Time flies so fast and intensely that I can’t keep up with adding photos from my new sessions,” she informed her hundreds of Instagram followers earlier this month, sharing a snap from a promotional shoot taken for the final.