« We are there to do our work, but are prevented from wearing our work clothes, » Borger told the radio station Deutschlandfunk on Sunday.
File picture by Karla Borger. AFP
Berlin: The German beach volleyball stars Karla Borger and Julia Sude have announced that they will be boycotting a tournament in Qatar next month, as it was « the only country » where players were forbidden from wearing bikinis on the pitch.
« We are there 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 to do our job – we criticize that. «
The Qatar Volleyball Federation responded to the news by stating that it is » committed to ensuring that all athletes at the event in the « We want to make it clear that we do not have any requirements for the athletes’ clothing, » emphasized a statement.
Qatar is hosting the upcoming FIVB World Tour event, but it is strict Rules for The clothing on the pitch has resulted in World Championship silver medalist Borger and her doubles partner Sude avoiding the event.
The tournament in March marks the first time Doha is hosting a World Tour event for women, though the city has been an integral part of the men’s tour for seven years.
However, players were asked to wear shirts and long trousers instead of the usual bikinis, a rule that the global beach volleyball association FIVB as « out of respect for culture and the traditions of the host country « .
In a decision supported by the German volleyball association DVV, Borger and Sude told the magazine Spiegel at the weekend that they would » not comply « with the rules imposed by the Qatari authorities.
Borger said that they would normally like to « adapt to any country » but that the extreme heat in Doha meant bikinis were necessary.
Your teammate Sude like s indicated that Qatar had previously made exceptions 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 scorching summer months, temperatures in the Gulf State can reach up to 30 degrees Celsius in March.
February 23, 2021 10:54:09 AM IST
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