The Burundi women's team has not arrived for play in the last two rounds of the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. This evening, they may be excluded from the tournament.
Assistant Tournament Director Morten Sand commented:
Chief Arbiter Panagiotis Nikolopoulos and his staff will decide tonight if Burundi will be allowed to continue in the tournament. Today, for the third time in the event, they failed to appear for the start of play. In order to prepare the pairings for the next (8th) round, a decision about whether they may continue must be made tonight. It is likely that they will be excluded for the rest of the event.
One player on Burundi's Open team has also repeatedly failed to appear for play. It is likely that this individual will be excluded, but the team allowed to continue in the tournament, but with just three players.
The final decision will be taken by Chief Arbiter Panagiotis Nikolopoulos and his staff later this evening.
This press release was made public at the international press conference at 18:30 (6:30 p.m.) on Saturday, 9 August.