Qatar calls beach volleyball bikini row ‘propaganda’ – Yahoo Sports

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The organiser of a beach volleyball tournament in Qatar called a dispute over a dress code which would have banned bikinis “propaganda” as matches got underway in Doha on Monday.

Qatar had faced criticism from some players last month after the International Volleyball Federation updated its official dress code to require women wear a “short sleeve t-shirt… and wear knee-long sports shorts”.

Germany’s Karla Borger and Julia Sude said they would skip the FIVB World Tour competition in the conservative Muslim nation over the apparent ban on bikinis. read more

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German beach volleyball duo shun Qatar over bikini ban – DW (English)

Borger and Sude have said they will boycott a tournament in Qatar next month because of the country’s tough restrictions on what players wear on court.   

“We are there to do our job, but are being prevented from wearing our work clothes,” Borger told 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 — and that’s what we’re criticizing.”

The statement comes as Qatar prepares to host the FIVB World Tour beach volleyball event in March. It will be the first time Doha has hosted a women’s World Tour event, though the city has frequently hosted men’s events over the past seven years read more

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