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The Guardian Weekly - 2021-05-07

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Draughts sets stage for Moscow-Warsaw row

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Women’s draughts almost sparked a diplomatic incident between Warsaw and Moscow after a Polish official removed a Russian player’s flag during a world championship match. Damian Reszka, the president of the Polish draughts federation, apologised but said organisers had to comply with international sporting rules barring Russians from competing under their flag. Although Russia’s Tamara Tansykkuzhina lost that round, she went on to win the 2021 title against Natalia Sadowska.

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