Sports & Politics
On the beach with long trousers?
Karla Borger and Julia Sude, the beach volleyball duo, ranked 16th in the world, are currently boycotting the tournament in Qatar because of the dress code. A beach volleyball tournament is to take place there in March, for which the authorities have imposed clear dress codes on the female athletes: Knee-length trousers and shirts instead of sporty-sexy sports bikinis.
"We don't want to go along with that," Borger and Sude now told SPIEGEL. Sude continued: "It's not about wearing little or not at all. It's about not being able to do our job in our work clothes."
Qatar, the emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, is ruled as an absolute monarchy. The state religion is Islam and Sharia law is the main source of legislation. Qatar has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world and a well-developed welfare system. Those in need of assistance receive fixed monthly payments. Medical care is available free of charge.
However, Amnesty International is still not alone in pointing out that: "Legal regulations regarding marriage, divorce, inheritance matters, custody of children, citizenship and freedom of movement still discriminate against women."
Meanwhile, the Beach Volleyball World Federation (FIVB) is looking forward to the tournament and wants to keep the dress code as an expression of respect for the country and tradition.
Style PASS says: Beach volleyball clothing is always criticised as "sexist", but the sports bikini has long been established in this sport. Ultimately, female athletes should be free to choose how they dress - even in Qatar.