Entertainment Qatar bans bikini at beach volleyball tournament: knee-length pants are a sign of submission

18:56  22 february  2021
18:56  22 february  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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A beach volleyball tournament in Qatar? Pretty stupid idea. That, in turn, is nothing new in the world of sport. A comment.

Karla Borger (r.) und Julia Sude (l.) werden in Katar nicht dabei sein. © Photo: dpa Karla Borger (r.) And Julia Sude (l.) Will not be in Qatar.

Professional sport regularly comes up with the stupidest ideas. He has Olympic Winter Games held in a city with almost Mediterranean temperatures (Sochi), he awards an Football World Cup in the desert (Qatar) and he circumvents the corona measures of the countries so that various international competitions are still held can be.

And whenever you think things can't get any worse, the sports associations go one better. This time the volleyball world association. He decided to host the Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament in Qatar. In a country where falconry and camel races have a long tradition. But not beach volleyball, and certainly not when it is played by women in bikini.

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The conflict was foreseeable. And it didn't take long for the Qatari authorities to set the dress code: in just under two weeks, the players should be wearing shirts and knee-length pants instead of the usual sports bikini. The German starters Julia Sude and Karla Borger have already canceled their participation. For them, the sports bikini is not a provocation, but simply the best work clothing in demanding sport.

The knee-length trousers are not a sign of respect for the tradition of the host country, as communicated by the World Volleyball Federation. Rather, they stand for the subservience of the sports associations to the potent donors. Because the cause of all the stupidities in professional sport is ultimately nothing other than money. One might just wish that the flow of money would dry up at some point - and the nonsense would stop.

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