Umakant Sharma banned for 10 years

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

The AICF has banned Umakant Sharma of Southern Railway for 10 years for cheating during a FIDE rating tournament at Delhi early this month.

Umakant Sharma banned for 10 years

New Delhi:

The All India Chess Federation has banned Umakant Sharma of Southern Railway for 10 years for cheating during a FIDE rating tournament at Delhi early this month. The AICF at its Central Council meeting at Chennai on Tuesday decided to ban Umakant, the second seed at the Air Marshal Subroto tournament, for being caught with a blue tooth device hidden in his cap. AICF Treasurer and Delhi Chess Association President Bharat Singh Chauhan, who exhibited the cap and device at the meeting, said the decision was taken after a long deliberation. "The matter was discussed at length at the meeting and it was decided that such acts were not welcome in chess," Chauhan said. "The Council also checked Umakant's complete record, including his games and even financial background and was surprised to learn that he had expensive mobile set despite being unemployed," he said. "It is only recently that he got a job with the Southern Railways in Chennai," he said. "His games were also studied and he was not an extraordinary player who could have naturally gained heavily in ratings in such short duration," he said.

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