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No Russian symbols at world championship

The two-year-ban against Russian sport by the Court of Arbitration for Sport has little consequences on chess because it concerns only Olympic Games, Paralympics and the Men and Women World Championship, but not age-related or qualifier events. Should a Russian qualify as world chess championship challenger, the Russian flag, anthem and national symbols will not be allowed. The next world championships matches must not be held in Russia. Since very few international sport events will be held in Russia until December 2022, the Chess Olympiads in Moscow and Khanty-Mansisk and other international chess events held in Russia during this period will likely gain in importance for the host nation. World team championships are not currently planned and are now even more unlikely to come back before 2023.