The German beach volleyball stars Karla Borger and Julia Sude have announced that they will be boycotting a tournament in Qatar next month, as this was « the only country » where players were prohibited from wearing bikinis on the pitch.
Players were asked to wear shirts and long trousers instead of the usual bikinis, a rule that the global beach volleyball association FIVB describes as « out of respect for the culture and traditions of the host country ».
« We’re here, to do our work, but are prevented from wearing our work clothes, « Borger told the radio station Deutschlandfunk on Sunday.
» This is really the only country and the only tournament where a government tells us how we should do our job – we criticize that. «
The Qatari volleyball association responded to the news by declaring that it is » committed to ensuring that all athletes at the event next month t feel welcome and comfortable « . They said that all athletes are free to compete in their international uniforms. « We want to make it clear that we do not have any requirements for the clothing of the athletes, » stressed a statement.
Qatar is hosting the upcoming FIVB World Tour event, but strict rules for clothing on the pitch have led to that World Cup silver medalist Borger and her doubles partner Sude avoid the event.
The tournament in March marks the first time Doha has hosted a World Tour event for women, despite the fact that the city has been a staple of men for seven years -Tour is.
In a decision supported by the German volleyball association DVV, Borger and Sude told Spiegel magazine at the weekend that they would « not comply » with the rules imposed by the Qatari authorities.
Borger said that they would would normally like to « adapt to any country » but that the extreme heat in Doha meant bikinis were necessary.
Her teammate Sude pointed out that Qatar had previously been Aus made for female athletes competing in the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha.
The country also allowed female beach volleyball players to compete in bikinis at the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games.
Although not as hot as in the In the scorching summer months, temperatures in the Gulf State can reach 85 degrees in March.
Qatar has hosted a growing number of major sporting events over the past few decades, although its human rights record, lack of sporting history and brutally hot weather make it a controversial venue .
Heat and humidity were major issues during the road races at last year’s World Athletics Championships in Doha.
Discriminatory labor practices and alleged human rights abuses in Qatar were scrutinized ahead of next year’s World Cup.
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