Sunday, November 25, 2007

What Chess And Boxing Have In Common?

According to the Associated Press (AP), Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion are sentenced to five days in jail by a Moscow court for leading an opposition protest.
“The former chess champion was forced to the ground and beaten, his assistant Marina Litvinovich said in a telephone interview from outside the police station where Kasparov was held.”Read full news here

I don’t know if there is a proper record for World Chess Champions sentences to jail but i think Kasparov were the second one after Bobby Fischer famous arrest in Japan a few years ago !

Bobby Fischer (left) "former" World Chess Champion was arrested on July 2004 at Narita Airport in Tokyo, for attempting to leave the country on an invalidated.

And if i'm not mistaken, chess and boxing is the only sports that have their World Champions being jailed-twice. Boxing has Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali and chess- Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov!

Muhammad Ali (right)- former three-time World Heavyweight Champion was famously stripped of his title in 1967 and jailed after refusing to be drafted into the US army to fight in Vietnam .

"Iron" Mike Tyson (left) was arrested in July 1991 for the rape of Miss Black Rhode Island, Desiree Washington, in an Indianapolis hotel room. Tyson was convicted on the charge on February 10, 1992.He was given a sentence of six years and was released on March 1995 after serving three years.

What a coincident , I just write an article here about chess boxing-a new hybrid sports invention . Now both game show they are equal in term of how many times their World Champions been sentences for jail!

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