Azkals' Greatwich says chess is no sport, draws flak


Posted at Jun 11 2014 09:30 PM | Updated as of Jun 12 2014 07:16 AM

MANILA – Philippine Azkals midfielder Simon Greatwich drew negative feedback from some netizens he said chess should not be considered a sport.

Greatwich apparently reacted to news reports about Wesley So’s appeal to the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) to allow him to join the US Chess Federation to improve his game.

Greatwich, a younger brother of another Azkals player Chris Greatwich, is among the players who represented the Philippines in the recent AFC Challenge Cup. The Azkals finished second in the tournament.

He also plays for the Loyola Meralco Sparks in the United Football League.

Greatwich’s post immediately sparked negative reactions from Filipino sports fans.