Spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented after Sergey Karjakin was sanctioned by FIDE
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The International Chess Federation (FIDE) should reconsider the “political” ban placed on Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin after he was suspended for six months for speaking out in support of the military operation in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.
FIDE announced on Monday that Karjakin would be banned from all events under its auspices for the next half a year after the 32-year-old issued a series of statements supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin and the offensive in Ukraine.
According to Peskov, the FIDE ban is another sign of Russian sporting figures being subjected to politically motivated sanctions.
“Of course, the principle that sport, including chess, should be outside of politics is probably the main constant of our approach,” said Peskov, according to R-Sport.