Qatar will host an International Beach Volleyball Federation (FIVB) women's tournament for the first time.

The rules of this event, which will be held in Katara Beach (Doha) between March 8 and 12, prohibit participants from playing in bikini, which has caused the boycott of the German

Karla Borger


Julia Sude

, one of the best couples in the world, as well as their coach,

Constantin Adam


Article 10 of the tournament regulations stipulates that for women's outfits, "in order to respect local culture and tradition", "all participants are expected to wear" in training and matches a short-sleeved shirt below the official jersey, as well as knee-length shorts. "

This regulation contrasts with that of the 2019 World Games, also held in Doha, where the players were allowed to wear swimsuits.

"We travel to do our work, but we are prevented from wearing our work clothes," Borger justified on Sunday on Deutschlandfunk public radio.

"It is really the only country and the only tournament in which the government tells us how to do our job. We criticize that," added the world runner-up.

Extreme heat

Also, German coach

Helke Claasen

will not travel to the Persian Gulf either.

"She told me she doesn't want to go because she doesn't feel respected as a woman there,"

Niclas Hildebrand

, sports director of the German Federation

, confirmed

in the daily

Süddeutsche Zeitung


Borger, speaking to

Der Spiegel

, insisted that he has no problem "adapting to a country", but that the extreme heat in Doha makes a bikini necessary.

Sude, for his part, recalled that he had already made exceptions, such as in the 2019 World Athletics Championships for female participants.

The Qatari Volleyball Federation (QVA), organizer of the tournament, said in a statement that it had not made any request in this regard.

"We want to make it clear that we have not specified in any way what athletes should wear. We fully respect the code of conduct decreed by the International Federation and have shown in the past at events organized in Qatar that athletes are free to wear the same. uniforms that they wear in other countries, "he said.

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