The bikini crisis before the FIVB Doha Open Beach Volleyball Tournament to be held in Qatar has come to an end. Qatar, who wanted athletes to wear shirts and long pants instead of bikinis, took a step back after the German athletes ‘boycott decision and decided not to interfere with the athletes’ clothes.
Katar’da 8-12 MartIt was stated that female athletes will not be allowed to wear bikinis before the FIVB Doha Open Beach Volleyball Tournament to be held in the capital, Doha. Qatar, which has been organizing a men’s tournament for seven years, caused a bikini crisis before the women’s tournament to be organized for the first time. Qatar demanded that female athletes wear shirts and long pants instead of bikinis.
“WE DON’T WANT IT TO MIX WITH WHAT WE WANT”
German Women’s Beach Volleyball Team athletes Karla Borger and Julia Sude reacted to the ban on wearing bikinis and announced that they would not participate in the tournament by deciding to boycott. In his speech to Deutschlandfunk radio broadcasting in Germany, Borger said, “We will go there to do our job. But we are prevented from wearing our clothes. Qatar is the only country that interferes with what athletes will wear and the only tournament where we are told how to do our job… We do not want that.”
INTERVIEWS HAVE A POSITIVE RESULT
Following the boycott decision of the two stars, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) contacted the Qatar Volleyball Federation (QVA) and demanded the ban on bikini be lifted. The negotiations were positive and Qatar changed the tournament rules and decided not to interfere with the athletes’ clothes. In the statement made by the FIVB, it was stated that “After the negotiations, the Qatar Volleyball Federation decided that women athletes who will play in the tournament can play with the clothes they want.”