The German beach volleyball players Karla Borger and Julia Sude will skip their intended participation in the World Tour tournament in Qatar in March – because of what they consider to be unacceptable local dress codes.
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The Qatari authorities had decreed for the competitions that players should wear shirts and knee-length pants in the sand – and not in the usual sports bikini.
“We don’t want to support that,” said Borger and Sude now SPIEGEL. Sude added: “It’s not about wearing little or not. It’s about not being able to do our work in our work clothes.”
Beach volleyball: Qatar tournament with dress code
Beach volleyball was “damn exhausting,” continued Borger. “We adapt to every country where we can. We are ready for it too. But in the heat you are just dripping.”
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The German Volleyball Association showed solidarity with the world rankings 16, as did an association spokesman in SPIEGEL affirmed: “We respect Karla and Julia’s decision and can absolutely understand it.”
Participation in the tournament in Muslim Qatar is open to women for the first time this year – previously it was only possible for men. (NEWS: Everything about beach volleyball)
The world association FIVB split up Spiegel-And ask that you “respect the culture and traditions of the host country”.
Sude and Borger angry about dress codes
The German duo is particularly annoyed that double standards are used. “At the 2019 World Athletics Championships, the sprinters also competed in their normal work clothes,” said Sude. When asked, it was said that there was a special permit from the royal family at the time.
Borger and Sude are almost certain to have their ticket for the Olympic Games in Tokyo via the ranking list. “We could choose and we decided against it,” said Sude.
Borger said: “Sure, if it were my first games, I might submit everything. But somewhere there are also social boundaries.”