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Jack Ruby
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The Qatar Beach volleyball team
Image: https://qatarspc.qa/imgs/2019/05/1557901702blobid0.jpg


Both guys obviously not Arab/Middle Eastern. One guy from Senegal and one guy from Gambia. No family connections at all to Qatar.

Both "now living" in Doha. Announcer said both guys recruited by the country.

Someone want to tell me how this legal at all from a competitive standpoint?
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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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re: The Qatar Beach volleyball team
Well some American girl played for Russia in basketball and she wasn't Russian.

But she went because she wouldn't have made the US team.


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Who_Dat_Tiger
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Quatar

Spelled Qatar and pronounced cut-are

Not a quat like kumquat.


They did the same thing with their intl soccer team and got called out for it by the Asian confederation just a few years ago. We’re trying to recruit a legit team for the World Cup next year but now have all Qatari nationals on team


MikeD
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In trouble currently


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Xenophon
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re: The Qatar Beach volleyball team
I don’t think they have all Qatari on their soccer team. At least not the team that played the US the other night.


tk for tu juan
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re: The Qatar Beach volleyball team
Guess we need to start a beach volleyball team at the A&M Qatar campus


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Keys Open Doors
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re: The Qatar Beach volleyball team
What I don’t understand is how on earth they found two great volleyball players from Senegal and Gambia.

These guys are amazing and there are basically no players from Africa.


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How was it legal for Ohioan Joe Burrow to play for LSU? Qatar seems to be trying to buy its way to Olympic relevance, but they're far from alone. It's pretty common, especially in track and field. I'm seeing a lot of Switzerland athletes who don't appear to be ethnically Swiss.

Except for the traditional baseball powers, most of the Olympic baseball rosters are American kids two or three generations removed from the old country, who may have only visited once or twice, if at all.
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Keys Open Doors
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The Swiss is from immigration.

Qatar also has a decent amount of immigration that leads to a more diverse athletic pool but unlike most countries, they straight up pay athletes to join them.

Turkey was doing this for a while with second rate Ethiopian and Kenyan runners, but Qatar and to a lesser extent Bahrain have bought some of the cream of the crop.


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Giving a solo athlete citizenship is one thing. Cherry-picking two players from different countries to form a super team is complete bull shite.


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re: The Qatar Beach volleyball team
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How was it legal for Ohioan Joe Burrow to play for LSU?


I don't necessarily agree with the op but this is a ridiculous comparison


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Jim Rockford
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re: The Qatar Beach volleyball team
Information about them is pretty sparse, but they are legit. Currently ranked #1 in the world.


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Qatar and a few other gulf countries have higher expat numbers than natives.


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Keys Open Doors
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Yeah they are outstanding. I know very little about beach volleyball besides the basics and it’s obvious that these guys are super talented.

But I’ve never heard of elite African athletes playing volleyball, not to mention from two different countries.


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tzimme4
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re: The Qatar Beach volleyball team
Rory Sabatini is S African and plays for Slovakia. He's currently top-3 in the golf event. It happens all the time.


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re: The Qatar Beach volleyball team
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One guy from Senegal and one guy from Gambia.
I've visited both & it was once a small union called Sene-Gembia so its not implausible that they know one another. Maybe they worked there or their parents, but the only obvious connection is that they are Muslim.


The question I have is that our men ( US) were both 41 years old. WTF? Do we not have any younger guys?
The Qatar team were both 26 years old.


CWilken21
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Rory Sabatini is S African and plays for Slovakia
Rory at least has some ties to the country. His wife is Slovakian, so he got his citizenship from Slovakia in 2019 with no real plan to play in the Olympics. But he was talked into competing and did something outstanding today.


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CONNECTICUTTIGER
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The question I have is that our men ( US) were both 41 years old. WTF? Do we not have any younger guys?


Dalhausser is one of the top 5 American players of all time. It's not like he is just some old man off the street.


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Who_Dat_Tiger
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I don’t think they have all Qatari on their soccer team. At least not the team that played the US the other night.



Two of them are naturalized citizens on the squad still. I think a few years ago they had gotten called out because more than half their starting lineup were born outside of Qatar.

Which is bullshite


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