Two German beach volleyball stars will boycott a tournament in Qatar over the nation’s refusal to allow female players to wear swimsuits on the court.
Karla Borger, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and her doubles partner, Julia Sude, will not participate in the FIVB World Tour occasion in Doha as Qatar is “the only nation” which mandates female gamers to wear shirts and long trousers.
” We exist to do our job, however are being prevented from using our work clothing,” Borger told radio station Deutschlandfunk on Sunday.
The country’s heat and humidity– temperature levels can climb as high as 86 F even in March– are such that next year’s FIFA World Cup will be kept in December, rather than its standard June-July slot to minimize the effect of the weather.
Punishing heat aside, Qatar’s human rights record and attitude towards females has actually cast a long shadow over the nation’s viability to host major sporting events.
Last week, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal household, relatively refused to acknowledge female officials throughout the FIFA Club World Cup awards event.
Video footage of the trophy presentation revealed the sheikh bumping fists with male match officials following Bayern Munich’s win over Tigres UANL in the tournament’s final, before presumably snubbing female referees Edina Alves Batista and Neuza Back.
Qatari authorities, however, swiftly dismissed the alleged snub as a “minor misconception” due to the rigorous COVID-19 protocols in location.
” To limit the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, there were rigorous protocols in place and everyone associated with the competition was highly advised to avoid physical contact,” a main declaration checked out.
” In this circumstances, the misconception developed from the perception that three of the match authorities did not want to conduct the customary ‘fist bump’ with His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, which was of course their.
” When seen in its entirety, it is clear from the video footage that this was an easy misconception and there was no objective to upset.”
FIFA president Gianni Infantino denied suggestions that he had instructed the two female referees not to welcome the Sheikh.
” I utilized the chance to praise them for the great job that they carried out throughout the competitors,” he informed Reuters.
” This was a landmark for FIFA. The very first time that female authorities were designated to, and officiated at a guys’s senior FIFA competition.
” As everyone knows, I am a strong supporter of ladies’s rights and equivalent treatment of every person. Despite gender, race, ethnic culture, sexual orientation, faith or physical ability.”
Meanwhile, according to an investigation released on Tuesday by British newspaper The Guardian, over 6,500 migrant employees from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have actually passed away in Qatar given that the nation secured the right to host the 2022 World Cup 10 years back.