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Qatar uturns on bikini ban at upcoming FIVB World Tour event
On Sunday two giants of the FIVB Women's Beach Volleyball World Tour, Karla Borger and Julie Sude, German Pro Beach Volleyball Players, stated on radio station Deutschlandfunk that they intended to boycott the upcoming Katara Beach Volleyball Cup, a World Tour event in Qatar following all female players at the event being informed they were required to wear shirts and long trousers rather than the standard bikini uniform, which the world beach volleyball federation claimed was out of respect for the culture and traditions of the host country. Borger stated on the German radio station, Deutschlandfunk 'We are there to do our job, but we are being prevented from wearing our work clothes. “This is really the only country and the only tournament where a government tells us how to do our job — we are criticising that.” Borger said that they would normally be happy to “adapt to any country”, but that the extreme heat in Doha meant that bikinis were necessary.   Although the city of Doha has been a regular fixture on the men’s tour for several years, it will be the first time that Doha has hosted a women’s Beach Volleyball World Tour event, a city that can experience extreme temperatures, leading to Borger questioning if Qatar was really a suitable host nation for these kinds of events. However on Tuesday, officials were forced to uturn on this ruling and have since stated there will be "no restrictions on female players wearing standard uniforms". and during the competition in Doha, should players request to wear the standard uniform, they will be free to do so.”, this comes To add further and importantly, the FIVB stated that it "believes strongly that women’s beach volleyball, as all sport, should be judged on performance and effort, and not on uniform,”. It will be interesting to follow the event and see just how many teams opt to wear shirts and long trousers rather than the standard bikini uniform. We will keep you updated on news of the event as it happens.  

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