German Beach Volleyball Duo Boycott Qatar Over Bikini Issue
Muhammad Rameez 7 days ago Tue 23rd February 2021 | 08:30 AM
Berlin, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Feb, 2021 ) :Germany's beach volleyball stars Karla Borger and Julia Sude have said they will boycott a tournament in Qatar next month because it was "the only country" where players were forbidden from wearing bikinis on court.
"This is really the only country and the only tournament where a government tells us how to do our job -- we are criticising that." The Qatar volleyball association reacted to the news by explaining they were "committed to ensuring that all athletes are made to feel welcome and comfortable at next month's event." They said all athletes were free to compete in their international unifoms.
"We would like to make clear that we are not making any demand on what athletes should wear at the event," a statement insisted.
Yet female players have been asked to wear shirts and long trousers rather than the usual bikinis, a rule which the world beach volleyball federation FIVB claims is "out of respect for the culture and traditions of the host country".
In a decision supported by the German volleyball federation DVV, Borger and Sude told Spiegel magazine during the weekend they "would not go along with" the rules imposed by the Qatari authorities.
Borger said that they would normally be happy to "adapt to any country", but that the extreme heat in Doha meant that bikinis were necessary.
Though not as hot as the scorching summer months, temperatures in the Gulf state can reach as high as 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in March.
"We are asking whether it's necessary to hold a tournament there at all," she said.
Qatar has hosted an increasing number of major sporting events in recent decades, though its human rights record, lack of sporting history and brutally hot weather make it a controversial venue.